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Matt Phillips

American, b. 1979
Untitled, 2018, Pigment and silica on linen, 30 x 24 inches
Untitled, 2018, Pigment and silica on linen, 30 x 24 inches

Matt Phillips draws inspiration from a range of sources, including maps, quilts, and architectural forms.

For his softly-colored abstract compositions, Matt Phillips draws inspiration from a range of sources, including maps, quilts, and architectural forms. Phillips’s compositions develop slowly and organically as he moves across the canvas, adjusting and revisiting the colors and the lines until the constellation of the work tightens into a distinct set of spatial relationships. Phillips’s methodical approach is captured and accentuated within the work by his use of self-made water-based paint. The liquidity of the paint at once allows Phillips to emphasize certain lines and angles, while also melding the paint with the canvas itself, producing a single inextricable whole. This is in part what gives his paintings a sense of softness. Of his process and inspiration Phillips, says “I often begin my paintings using similar structures. They share the same bones. But as I work, they begin to evoke a form or a light or a space. I like that pivot, when the painting starts to regard something outside itself.”

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