Sandra Lee Gallery proudly announces the Vernation Series, a solo show by artist Daniel Phill. In this interpretive series, Phill aims to re-imagine nature, specifically vegetation and flowers, using abstraction and implications of space. Created using expressionist methods, the paintings are not merely representational, but gently suggestive of landscapes. Composing and dissolving forms and colors, Phill’s creative process is just as instinctive and liberated as his final images. Blending, dripping, and flinging the paint, Phill develops familiar shapes using an unconventional approach.
By combining artistic techniques, Phill embodies the dichotomies of color, form, and light found in the natural world. His process begins with a flat surface, pooling and mixing the colors to create a fluid base or background. He then moves the canvas upright to a wall, creating detailed pops of brilliant colors, often against a muted softer field. This method references the combination of loose subtleties and sharp intensities that make up our everyday visual perceptions. Shapes and colors mix and merge, fade and appear, often submerged under layers of pigment, washes and transparencies. The result is an image that exudes the depth and atmosphere reminiscent of a tangible landscape. Phill gives these paintings a textured, impassioned and radiant life.
Daniel Phill was born in Tacoma, Washington. He began his art studies at Washington State University and continued at the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Phill completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Stanford University. His paintings have been reviewed or published in: ARTnews Magazine; Art in America Magazine; New York Sun; California Home+Design Magazine; New Yorker; Los Angeles Times; Art & Antiques Magazine; Who’s Who in the West; and Artweek, among others. Daniel Phill has exhibited nationally and is in diverse public and private collections, such as: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA; Tucson Museum of Art; Citigroup; Clear Channel; Ernst & Young; First USA Bank; GTE; Kimberly Clark Inc.; Nordstrom; Pfizer Inc.; Sharper Image; Sprint; Stanford University; and US Department of State. Daniel Phill lives and works in San Francisco.
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