Phillip Southern Artist
Statement / Short Bio
I have always thought of myself as a
I am a fresh-air painter and my work is
always done from life, on the spot, and I try to go beyond the visual
sense and open myself to everything going on around me, the movement and
the space, the sounds and the temperature of the air and even the
smells. I am delighted that the world does not sit still for me.
I am at my best when I achieve a certain level of
concentration (I donít know how else to describe it) where the energy
takes over and I begin to see more deeply, and then the painting itself
takes over, becoming unpredictable.
This is my experience and I try to bring it to my
paintings, and I want the viewer to experience it also, but I want the
viewer to experience it in his or her own way, I do not wish to impose
my experience. The viewer is at least as wise as I am.
Short Bio: I am a New
York artist who paints New York City scenes and people primarily but
also portraits, landscapes, and the occasional still life.
My paintings have been
called impressionistic, expressionistic, and interpretations of realism.
I am told that they are colorful and very energetic, and this is what I
strive for, and I also try for great joyfulness and spirit.
The street is ever-changing and
fleeting, and this is its challenge and great beauty. It is where the
center of life is, where people, traffic, markets, buildings and sky all
I studied at the Art Students League in New York
City. I became a member of the Street Painters, a group who worked
outdoors doing cityscapes, at the invitation of several ASL instructors
and other artists. I am presently a member of the Federation of Modern
Painters and Sculptors and periodically show with the group.
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