Joel Daniel Phillips is an American artist, born in 1989. He attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in Fine Art, Graphics Emphasis.
He is known for his large-scale portraits, created with the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. His works examine individuals living in his neighborhood, and strives to tell the stories of the people he encounters daily, from street vendors to the homeless. Fascinated by the similarities and distinctions we all share, he captures their characters in hyper-realistic detail, singling out the subject on white background by using contrast. Philips brings these individuals – that can be unnoticeable – in the center of the attention. He considers a true portrait something greater than just a representation of physical form. He attempts to capture the vulnerable narratives that make us human.
Since 2009, Phillips has participated in numerous group shows throughout his home country, such as Supersonic Electronic Invitational IV at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California, in 2015, and Impulse at New York Center for Art and Media Studies in New York, in 2009.
So far, he has exhibited his work in two solo exhibitions: I Am Another Yourself at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, in 2014, and No Regrets In Life at Satellite 66, also in San Francisco, in 2012.
Joel Daniel Phillips received Tom Anderson Art Award and Ludington-Parshall Art Award.
Featured image: Joel Daniel Phillips – I Am Another Yourself – solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, 2014
Image copyright © the artist
|2015||Invisible College||Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Forte Wayne, IN||Group|
|2015||Manifest:Justice||Task Force, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2015||Art Market San Francisco||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2015||Art on Paper Fair||Hashimoto Contemporary, New York, NY||Group|
|2015||Supersonic Electronic Invitational IV||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2014||I Am Another Yourself||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2014||Scope Art Fair Miami||Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami, FL||Group|
|2014||Art Market San Francisco||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2014||EK Invitational||111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||The Moleskin Project III||Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||Bad Dads, A Tribute to Wes Anderson||Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||AMC’s The Walking Dead Gallery Show||Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles CA||Group|
|2013||Califas||Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||Art Market San Francisco||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||Scorcese: an art show tribute||Spoke Art Gallery, Bold Hype Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||ReCreate ATX||Hope Outdoor Gallery, Austin, TX||Group|
|2013||Gallery Crawl NightLife||Pop-up Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2012||No Regrets In Life||Satellite 66, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2012||Journeys: Westmont Artist’s Alumni Invitational||Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA||Group|
|2012||2 Blocks of Art||Urban Solutions, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2012||Street Level||Ogilvy & Mather, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2011||5x5: An Invitational||Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA||Group|
|2010||Views and Visions: Travelers||Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA||Group|
|2010||Impulse||New York Center for Art and Media Studies. New York, NY, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Time||Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA||Group|