At an early age, Lee Phillips loved to experiment. Encouraged by his
father, a carpenter and general contractor, Phillips played with tools
and materials found in his father's studio. As Phillips grew older and
began helping his father with the family business, he explored his own
creative curiosities, applying construction materials--resins, paints
and epoxies--to wood and sheetrock, creating what his father termed:
"very bizarre stuff."
Phillips' attention turned to painting and printmaking, while attending
art school, where he continued to experiment with unorthodox processes.
This love of experimentation has continued long after graduation. Phillips'
new work achieves dynamic textural concepts through the use of this
as well as other individualistic painting approaches. Woods, hot glue,
linoleums and resins are all very much a part of Phillip's creations.
When making a relief print, Phillips uses sheetrock as his basic plate.
He applies joint compound and sands it down to create a template. Phillips
then paints an image on this drywall plate and the image is transferred
to paper using an intaglio collograph press.
The primitive-like aesthetic of Phillips' work--heavy lines, rough
patchwork form, and occasional geometric ornamentation--recalls patchwork
quilts of an older era. Yet the painted abstract content--paint drips,
color fields, oblique markings--lend a very contemporary and modern
feel to the overall effect.
For over ten years, Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd. has been introducing Lee
Phillips to private and corporate collectors the world over.