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Phillip D Elliott
Brooklyn, NY

Media:Painting; Fabric;
Genre:Abstract; Urban;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My process includes examining brick walls and “tags” on different surfaces throughout New York City, they have contributed to my paintings. Wherever possible, I use found or recycled materials in my work. This approach is a little bit greener, and gives me a chance to create value from something that someone else considers rubbish. The entire conversation of value as it relates to things morphs into a discussion about self worth. The need to create as declaration of ability, reason and hope are discussed in every brushstroke. All of my paintings explore complex color relationships. Some of the passages can almost be heard or felt. On the painting labeled URBAN GRAFFITI the metallic gold changes as it glides from one surface to another not unlike paint on brick and mortar surfaces. It illustrates an intricate color texture relationship. The stage where this dance of color occurs is three-dimensional. Ribbons of color, sharp angles and sumptuous curves create space. The surfaces of the canvases have a graffiti based biomorphic abstraction as a part of their aesthetic. These paintings retain a graffiti feel while making modern and classical references. Sometimes it is as simple as choosing the opposite color on the color wheel. In other instances it might be hours on the computer reviewing
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