The TOROSIETE Museum of Contemporary Art welcomes a new artist to our exhibition galleries.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Martin Phillips has made his home in Charlottesville, VA after living in various areas of the United States. This engineer by trade has always been heavily influenced and interested in art and music since his college years.
Phillips started following his artistic passions starting with photography. He has been photographing subjects that he is passionate about such as jazz, The Human Condition, and great architecture for over 25 years.
“For me, photography is a never ending process of learning. Learning to be in the moment. Learning to be patient for the shot that I am envisioning. Learning from others who are willing to share their knowledge.” – Martin Phillips
While following his passion for jazz, and work with the Charlottesville Jazz Society, Phillips began to combine his photography with digital art in creating numerous commercial event posters.
Influenced by things he sees in everyday life and other artist’s works, Phillips has taken this to the next level in the creation of hundreds of what he calls “Digital Art Illustrations.”
Our first exhibition of his “Digital Art Illustrations” begins with a small collection of works that explore the simple, yet complicated forms of one of the most basic geometric shapes – the line.
Years ago in the 1970s when I was in my 20s and lived in Denver I had two powerful artistic influences that have always stayed with me. I majored in engineering in college, but my friend David was an fine art major. He introduced me to interesting artists and brought me to galleries displaying cutting edge art that was happening in the 1970s: Ernest Trova, Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, to name just a few. The impact of all that imagery has stayed with me all these years.
The second powerful artistic influence was a purchase I made of an original Peter Max serigraph. In the late 1970s I was involved with an Eastern Yoga group headed by Swami Satchidananda (who was the person who opened the Woodstock celebration in August 1969). Peter Max had been instrumental in bringing Satchidananda to the United States. I saw an ad in the Rocky Mountain News for this painting by Peter Max and went to the gallery to check it out. It was a painting of Swami Satchidananda, titled, “At the Feet of My Master” I still own today. Rich, brilliant colors that I find so appealing and utilize in my own artistic creations.
My Fine Art Graphic Illustrations are created using a creative illustrator program that is part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Some images are created wholly with Adobe Illustrator and some include a combination of drawing on paper and bringing that drawing into Illustrator. – Martin Phillips
Martin Phillips will be featured and interviewed in the next issue of TOROSIETE Magazine, December 2018.