Lucy Phillips is both a draftsman and a traditional portraitist. She uses portraiture to communicate ideas of social dynamics and human relationships. Her work addresses patterns in the folds of our experiences, which correlates to emotions of individuals.
Miss Phillips grew up in North Carolina, and studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Penland School of Crafts. She began to focus on portraiture while in college. In 2006, Miss Phillips moved to New York. She began studying with the world-renowned figurative painters Aaron Shikler and David Levine and continues to work with the Shikler and Levine group to this day. While in New York, Miss Phillips also became involved with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW) and Manhattan Graphics. Both are printmaking studios equipped with the etching, lithography and silkscreen tools which she uses to produce her realistic yet insightful studies of the relationship between individuality and mass-production Her approach is inspired by figurative artists like Alice Neel, Frans Hals, William Kentridge and abstract artists like Paul Klee, John Baldisarri, and Richard Diebenkorn.
“I like to combine two elements in an attempt to create a conflict. There's always conflict within people, or at least within me. That’s why I combine the representational with the abstract.” L.P.
Although we each come into the world with our own unique stamp, we also all share something primal—the pattern of the human genome, for instance. It is this tension between individuality and commonality, between our internal and external conflicts, and the repeating patterns with in one’s singular existence that my work seeks to explore. Evolving from the traditional portraiture of my early work, I am currently employing the technique of mass production through printmaking. Repeating images and patterns convey various perspectives of the individual in relation to both herself and a larger group. The vocabulary of colors and shapes, in opposition and juxtaposition, articulate a range of emotions and feelings that lie beneath the surface of both subject and viewer.
b. 1982, High Point, NC
Lives and works in New York, NY