Audrey Phillips


Opening reception: Saturday, November 5, 4-7pm
On view: November 5-26, 2016

Audrey Phillips is known for her fluid and energized abstract paintings that reflect on the ever changing nature of life.  Audrey’s latest body of work, Open, was influenced by recent life transitions and opportunities that encouraged her to clear out possessions and complicated thoughts.  She then pondered whether she could apply this new openness and simplicity to her painting practice and sought to create new work with a limited color palette and tools.  On this process, Phillips remarks that she “toggled between controlled restraint and open-ended exploration – a push and pull of two very different principles,” and that she learned through this exercise that sometimes, “simplicity is not simple.”  As she elaborates in her artist statement, “I continue to work on simplifying my life, but in the end, I feel my paintings guided me to the place that provides the most openness and light in my life. As the work came into being, between passages of drawing and painting, I recognized a part of myself that often shows up in my work—the beautiful inspiration of nature, the place where I most often feel open, alive and connected.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Audrey Phillips has spent most of her life in Florida where the landscape captivated the artist from a formative age. Observing the expansive sky and the far-reaching vistas of the ocean augmented her ability to see in the abstract and also encouraged personal reflection, making her strongly attuned to the beautiful intelligence and power of nature. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of Florida and has exhibited in solo and group shows in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan, California, Texas, New Mexico and New York City.

 Sample Images from the exhibition:

​ ​​ ​ Audrey Phillips, Sunglow Lingered, acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 x 1 3/8 inches​
 
Generous
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
20 x 20 x 1 3/8 inches
Sunglow Lingered
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
48 x 48 x 1 3/8 inches
Twirling Parasols
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
48 x 48 x 1 3/8 inches
In a Soft Sort of Way 
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
20 x 20 x 1 3/8 inches
A Blend of Discipline and Instinct acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 x 1 3/8 inches Crying Sunshine
acrylic/mixed media on canvas
20 x 20 x 1 3/8 inches