DAN PHILIPS can be reached at 647-347-1478 or danphiIips@rogers.com
A word or two about the 'style ' of my work. CONFUSINGLY DIMENSIONAL. This came about in the second decade of this century.
I found I wanted my work to enter OUR SPACE, not just hang flat on walls in the background. To get the desired intrusion I had to develop a new working process that ended up including distorted photo-montage that turned into 2d drawings that rested on 3d shapes that completed the compositions but also thrust themselves right at us as we looked into their world spaces. Acrylic texturing and the blending of cut shapes, hues, values, and saturations all seem to come together between 2014 and 2022. This has caused confusion in classifying or categorizing my work, but I think this sense of confusion adds to the observation experience.
All of the artwork is shown here [ more or less ] in chronological order, with the most recent pieces first and oldest pieces last. Some have already moved into the collections of people in CANADA and the USA .
HUMANS AS PETS triptych - 24"x 60"x 6"- ink, acrylic, distorted montage on composite base
The Following Are From The ''0LDfaces'' Series Created From Inspirations That Were Found In The Old EASTERN SIDE of TORONTO, Ontario, Canada.
The First One is a 30"x 30" Ink Drawing On White Surface. The Rest Are Approximately 9"x 11" x 1"+ ... And They Are A Bit 3 Dimensional In That Their Layers Rise Up Off Their Composite Background Bases. Those Started As Distorted Montages And Progressed Through To Ink Drawings Then Textured 2d/3d Paintings.
Some Of These Are Already Spoken For ~ Or Are Already In Collections In Canada.
The Following Four Started As Flat Ink Drawings On White Backgrounds, But Are Now Also Being Worked On As 2d/3d Pieces That Will Remain Monochromatic.
I Am Working On Adding Various Layers And Elements That Will Then Rise Up Off Their Flat White Composite Backgrounds. I Will Update This Website As
The Work On These Progresses.
At This Point In Time They Are Ink Renderings That Have Been Digitally Mastered To Allow For Digital Toning Over The White Backgrounds.
Black And White Flat Prints Of These Can Be Made Available.
They Are Part Of My "TORONTO SCENES" Series Begun In Early 2022.
THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE 12" x 18" THE FLATIRON BUILDING 12" x 18"
THE GOODERHAM & WORTS DISTILLERY 12" x 18" THE OLD AND NEW TORONTO FERRY TERMINALS 12" x 18"
This Next One Is "THE LAST HUMAN RACE" And It Is Approximately 5' Wide x 4' High x 1' Thick.
It Is A Mixed Media Piece Of Multi-Layered Composite Materials With Elements Of Distorted Montage, Drawing, Painting, and Texturing.
It Is Intended To Make Clear That We Are In A Tight Race Between Our Own Destruction Of Our Home Planet And The Rapidly Proliferating
New Technologies That We Hope Will Help Us To Minimize The Damage We Are Doing To Ourselves In This Century.
These Next Two Are From A Series About CANADIAN CITIES.
They Are Each Approximately 30" Wide x 30" Tall x 8" Thick.
The One On The Left Is QUÉBEC CITY. The One On The Right Is OTTAWA.
Both Are 2d/3d In Their Construction And Finish. As With Many Of My Pieces These Two Began As Distorted Photo Montages That Get Redrawn & Reconstructed in 2d/3d Then Completed With Acrylic Paint And More Ink Drawing. They Both Protrude Away From The Walls They Hang On To Come Forward And Enter Into Our 3d Physical Spaces.
From Time To Time I wander Back Into The Lands Of Abstraction - The Way I Did When I Made The "NU_WHORL" Series, Below On The Left. Those Seven Pieces On The Left Were An Exploration Of The WHORLS Of Our Fingerprints - One Of The Last Things Unique To Each Of Us. The Small Piece On The Right [ "The Purple People Eater" ] Was Also A Diversion Into The More Organically Abstract.
The Larger Piece On The Left Below, Called "MORE", Is about 3' Wide and 5' Tall and 5" Thick.
It's All About Our Constant Need For More, No Matter How Much We Manage To Obtain - By Hook Or By Crook.
Stacks Of Coin And Gold That May Hurt Us Much More Than Help Us.
The Smaller Piece On The Right Is Of A Beggar Woman I Saw On The CHAMPS-ELYSÉES, The Richest Street In Paris.
Another Smattering Of Older Works - "TYRANTS & SLAVES" - About 24" Wide x 36" Tall - and "SINCERO", a small Canadian Flag - And "BLACK DOG AND CAT" About 10" x 14" - And "RED RIGHT HAND" About 8" x 10", all Acrylic Paintings - some with 2d/3d elements.
And, Way Back In 2015 I Decided I Would Put Together Very Many Of The Things That Were Really Getting To Me. I Felt, At That Time, That If I Could Put Everything I Did Not Like Into One Piece, I Would Feel Better By Getting It All Out Of My System And Into A Painting. This One Was About 5' x 5'.
[ It Did Help For A While. It Hung In A Local Café For A Long Time Until One Day A Young Boy And His Mother Came In. The Boy Decided He Wanted To Buy It. So I Sold It To Him. ] The Piece Is Called "DISlikeITis".
Then There Was The Time I Wanted To Paint Some Of THE LADIES Of JAZZ In Toronto. I Proceeded To Paint
MOLLY And JACKIE And KELLYLEE With Acrylics On Identically Sized Panels At About 16" x 24".
There Were Many More, But All Of Those Are Long Gone Now . . .