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Joseph Phillip’s paintings investigate mankind’s conflicting desires to both embrace and control nature. This contradiction is apparent in the manicured landscape of the suburbs, and the many ways that we shape, recreate, interact with, and replicate nature in the built environment. Phillips states, “Romantics have for centuries pushed for a simpler, natural existence. It’s that desire that pushed people out of cities and into the suburbs in search of a deeper connection with the natural world, while hoping to retain the amenities and conveniences of the city. With mixed results, we are often left with a superficial facsimile of both.” Looking at our society’s constant demand for expansion and the increasing scarcity of resources, Phillips is as impressed with human ingenuity as he is depressed by the scope of our challenges, and finds a simple beauty behind the impulses that drive our manipulation of the natural world.
Austin-based Phillips received a B.S. in Art & Art History from Skidmore College. His work was previously included in 22 to Watch at Arthouse at The Jones Center and New American Talentat the Austin Museum of Art.