Matt Phillips currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His practice observes and expresses the modernist abstraction, folk art and African textile aesthetic, to create colorful and poetic paintings.
He has definitely notions of pattern, decorative and textile design to recreate, through geometric forms, a whole spectrum of emotions, such as the feeling of a sunny day at the river mixed up with hints of a soft enigma.
His technique is recognizable through the choice of painting with a pigment and silica blend, which through the brush stroke will dry quickly. Phillips begins each layout as mapped geometrical formations to become playful with common structures such as a grid, to depict the quiet beauty of old memories expressed also with the soft and contrasting color palette he generally goes for.
He says about the interaction between the image and the support: “I like that the image itself is a form. As you start to make the painting, you’re given the rectangle, but that it doesn’t necessarily have to live within that arbitrary shape. It also comes out of an interest in quilts and textiles where you have these image/objects but. The object itself when you put it on the wall is contending with real gravity. So, I think about how would this thing feel on its own outside the rectangle, how do the image droop and sag even though it’s rooted in a hard-line geometric sensibility.”
To see more of his work, go here.