Joel Daniel Philips

by Sunday, April 19, 2015



“The only way to truly understand something is to draw it.”
–Jean Le Corbusier

This is the center of my work—an attempt to sincerely grasp what I see around me through the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. At its root, the act of drawing necessitates a concentrated study of not only the physical attributes of the subject, but the emotional as well. Every line and crease in a face tells a story, and rendering these requires the artist to touch and explore each facet of the subject’s existence.



My work focuses primarily on portraiture at a monumental scale. I am fascinated by the intricacies and commonalities that we share as humans, and search for moments when our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible. I pursue ways to peel back the protective veils that we all display to the outside world, striving to capture the unbidden spontaneity of experience.



Central to this search is a focus on the significance of narrative in human existence. Our lives are not linear, with one instant leading solely into the next, but rather circular, with each experience formed and defined by others. A portrait functions in the same manner, teasing out emotions and truths that inform not only the particular instant captured, but more importantly the story leading up to it.



A true portrait is far more than a rendering of physical form—it is the capturing of the vulnerable, un-invented narratives that make us human. Seeing and understanding these is my ultimate goal.




“I Am Another Yourself”, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CA, Sept 2014
“No Regrets In Life”, Satellite 66, San Francisco CA, May 2012

Scope Art Fair Miami, Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami FL, Dec 2014
Art Market San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CA, May 2014
“EK Invitational, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco CA, May 2014
“The Moleskin Project III” Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CA, Dec 2013
“Bad Dads, A Tribute to Wes Anderson” Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CA, Nov 2013
“AMC’s The Walking Dead Gallery Show” Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles CA, Oct 2013
“Califas” Group Invitational, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco CA, Oct 2013
Art Market San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CA, May 2013
“Scorcese: an art show tribute” Group Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery/Bold Hype Gallery, New York NY, April 2013
“ReCreate ATX” Group Invitational, Hope Outdoor Gallery, Austin TX, March 2013
“Gallery Crawl NightLife” Pop-up Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CA, Jan 2013

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