Pat Phillips

Pineville, Louisiana

About Pat Phillips

Photo by Adam Wallacavage.

Pat Phillips (b. 1987 Lakenheath, England) was raised in Louisiana. In 2019, he presented work at the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Solo exhibitions include Consumer Reports, Jeffrey Deitch, New York; Told You Not to Bring That Ball, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; and Strange Suburb; M+B, Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, he received a Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. Phillips has also participated in residencies at the Fine Arts Works Center and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Phillips’ first publication, Pat Phillips: Quality Control, was released in June 2023. He is a current fellow at the Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and his work will be included in the forthcoming 2024 exhibition Black Like That: Our Lives As Living Praxis. His work can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL; and New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, among others. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2023

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2017

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My paintings combine personal and historical imagery into surreal juxtapositions, drawing on my experiences living in America to meditate on complex questions of race, class, labor and a militarized culture. Growing up in Louisiana, I found my way to art through painting and photographing boxcars. This entry point has allowed for more diverse mediums, painting and mark-making approaches when creating images.”