DANIEL PHILL

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In these paintings I observe nature and then venture to reconstruct it in a different way. I am working to find organic order, using free form shapes and colors. The paintings are interpretations of vegetation and flowers, sometimes suggesting landscapes. I use a variety of techniques to achieve this; brushing, scraping and pouring, among other approaches.

I spontaneously apply color, knowing something will take form and develop. Images appear and dissolve into the picture plane, helping keep the painting moving, dynamic and alive. With every mark and brushstroke I aim for a real and authentic path, while finding the most efficient ways to express what I want.

I am using abstraction and an intuitive painterly directness to reimagine nature in my work. For me, paintings which are organic and spontaneous tend to be the most successful. The painting titles have an importance to the work, giving character and personality to each piece.

Born 1955  Tacoma, Washington

Education:  

            MFA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

            BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

            Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Solo Exhibitions:                  

2014    Grand Cru Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013    California Dreaming, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Vernation Series, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012    Wild Flora, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011    New Paintings, Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

            Flourish, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010    Pollination, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Paintings, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2009    Constant Garden, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008    In Full Bloom, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Purely Abstract, Edge Gallery, Philidelphia, PA

            New Arrangements, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Recent Paintings, The Studio Shop, Burlingame, CA

2007    Abstract Gardens, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Wild Hybrids, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

            Movement & Color, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2006    Cultivating Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            New Botanicals, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Botanical Theatre, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA

            Flower Power, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2005    Cross Pollination, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Hybrid Gardens, George Billis Gallery, New York,  NY

            Inagural Exhibition, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            The Botanicals, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2004    Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Botanicals, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2003    Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002    George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2001    Bradford Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also 2000)

1998    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 & 1994)

1989    Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985    Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA

1984    Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions: 

2016    Flowers and Fields: Mary Long and Daniel Phill, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015    Conversations on Abstraction three person exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Rhythm and Hues, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Nature of Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013    Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

            California Dreaming: Form and Color 2 person exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012    Fall Preview: New Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

New Paintings, The Studio Shop, Burlingame, CA

            San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2011    Tour of the Homes, ARTFeast Annual Event, Santa Fe, NM

            Eighteenth Annual Red Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2010    Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2009    Bonhams & Butterfields, Made in California, Los Angeles, CA

            Los Angeles Art Show, Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

            Red Dot Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL

            AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

            Red Hot Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008    The Small Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Red Dot Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL

2007    The Big Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Seeing Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Affordable Art Fair, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York

            Red Dot Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL

2006    Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

            Affordable Art Fair, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York

            ARTScottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

            The Power of Red, Santa Fe, NM

2005    Affordable Art Fair, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Pier 92, New York

            Emerging Artist 05, Scottsdale, AZ

2004    New Monotypes, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA

            Hearts in San Francisco, Public Art Commission, San Francisco, CA

            Fresh Assortment, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

            Modern Art Council Auction, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA 

            Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY

            The Art of Giving, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003    Small is Beautiful, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY

            Unbroken Circle,  Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

            Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2002    Fresh Paint, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Flower Power, Austerer - Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, CA       

2001    Austerer – Crider Gallery,  Gallery Artists, Palm Springs, CA

            SF et al, Bradford Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Earth & Sky, Bradford Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000    Monotypes, Bradford Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998    Miniature Chair Show, Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA

1997    Figures and Interiors, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA1993                

1996    William A. Small Collection Exhibition, Tuscon Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

            Paintings and Works on Paper, Marie Park Gallery, Dallas, TX

1995    Group Exhibition, Mckesson Plaza, San Francisco, CA

1993    Artist Guild All-California Juried Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

            Bay Arts, San Mateo Arts Council, Belmont, CA

1991    Group Exhibition, Carolyn Hill Gallery, New York, NY

            7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkley, CA

            Silk/Paper/Paint, Marie Park Gallery, Dallas, TX

1990    A Stanford Perspective, Rococo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Artists Equity Annual Exhibition SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, CA               

1989    Art Against Aids, Butterfield and Butterfield, San Francisco, CA

1988    Group Exhibition, Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            New Artists Exhibition,  Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1986    New California Painting: Dealers Choice, Rancho Santiago College,  Santa Ana, CA

1984    Romantic Abstraction, SOMA Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

1981    San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1979    Group Exhibition, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1977    Museum of Art, Washinton State University, Pullman, WA

1976    Group Exhibition, Siver Image Gallery, Tacoma, WA

 

Reviews and Publications:

2009    Studio Visit Volume 8, A Juried Selection of International Visual artists,  2009

2008    ART News, Hollis Walker, Reviews: National,  Santa Fe, NM, Summer 2008 p. 176

2006    The Reporter, Zane Fisher, Gallery Preview,  Santa Fe, NM, February 7

            California Home + Design Magazine, November

            Creative Loafing Magazine, Petal to the Mettle, Modern Eye Gallery exhibition review, January

2005    New York Sun, Art Calendar, Paintings by Daniel Phill, New York, NY, June 9th

            FOCUS Emily Van Cleve, “Nature and the Magnificent Landscape Inspire Artists at the

            Karan Ruhlen Gallery”, June 2005

            The New Yorker, Kathryn Jones, State of the Arts,  New York, NY, April 11

            Santa Fean Magazine, Artists & Exhibitions, Santa Fe, NM

2005    ARTnews, Dottie Indyke,  Reviews: Daniel Phill, Santa Fe, NM October

2004    Los Angeles Times, Calendar Weekend, Florals Blossom, Los Angeles, CA

2004    Santa Fean Magazine, Artists & Exhibitions, Santa Fe, NM

2003   Art in America, Bill Scott, Reviews: Daniel Phill, New York, NY, September

            Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, Paul Wiedeman, Flower Power, Santa Fe, NM

            Art of Northern California, Alcove Books, Oakland, CA

2002    Desert Sun, Jean McKig, Visual Arts, review, Palm Desert, CA

2000    Art & Antiques Magazine, Gallery Watch, Atlanta, GA

1999    Nob Hill Gazette, Cover Art, San Francisco, CA

1998    Antiques and the Arts Weekly, Newton, CT

            San Francisco Art Institute i Magazine, San Francisco, CA

            International Economy Magazine, WAshington, DC

1993    Arts Monthly, San Francisco, CA

1991    Art Talk, Scottsdale, AZ

1898    California Art Review, Les Krant

1984    Artweek, Andrea Liss, Lyrical Abstractions, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA

1983    Peninsula Times Tribune, David Winter, Palo Alto, CA

1996-1997 Who’s Who in the West, 25th Edition

1998-1999 Who’s Who in the West 26th Edition

 

Selected Corporate and Public Collections:

            Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

            Akili Software Systems, Dallas, TX

            Alltel Corporation, Little Rock, AR

            American Cometra Inc., Fort Worth, TX

            Ameritrust, Houston, TX

Amresco, Dallas, TX

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, Attys., San Francisco, CA

            Casa de los Ninos, Tuscon, AZ

            Clear Channel Communications Inc., New York, NY

            Citigroup, Beverly Hills, Palo Alto, San Francisco, CA

            Cottonwood Property Mgmt., Dallas, TX

            Cutanix Corporation, Los Altos, CA

DDB Needham Advertising, Dallas, TX

De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Ernst & Young, Dallas, TX

            First National Bank of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

            First USA Bank, Dallas, TX

            GTE, Dallas, TX

            Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

            Healthpoint Corporation, Fort Worth, TX

            Hollins University Art Collection, Roanoke, VA

            Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, San Francisco, CA

            Kimberly Clark Inc., Dallas, TX

            Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Attorneys, San Francisco, CA

            KMS Financial Services, Seattle, WA

            Koret Foundation, San Francisco, CA

            MD Anderson Medical Building Children’s Wing, Houston, TX

            Nordstrom, Seattle, WA

            Pacific Place, Dallas, TX

            Pfizer Inc., New York, NY

            Prince Faisel Collection, Dallas, TX

            SAP America Inc., Foster City, CA

            Sabre Holdings, Southlake, TX

            Sapphire Properties, Dallas, TX

            Sharper Image, San Francisco, CA

            Societe General Bank, Atlanta, GA

            Southwestern Bell Wireless, Dallas, TX

Sprint, Overland Park, KS

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

            Steve Waddill & Co Design, Dallas, TX

            Sterling Software, Dallas, TX

            Towers Perrin Management Co, Dallas, TX

            Transwestern Properties, Dallas, TX

Tuscon Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ

            University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ

            University of West Florida Collection, Pensacola, FL

U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ

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