Pat Phillips was born in Lakenheath, England in 1987. Relocating to Louisiana as a young child, he spent his early teenage years painting and photographing boxcars in a small town. Among the thousands of surfaces he’s scrawled on, he has spoken about his work at Xavier University and has participated in resedencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. In 2017, Phillips received a Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. Some of his solo exhibitions include: ROOTS (Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA), Told You Not to Bring That Ball (Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA) and SubSuperior (Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (New York, NY). More recently, he is a participant in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. While Phillips has maintained an underground presence within the graffiti subculture for nearly 20 years, he enjoys the being able to open up a new dialog through his studio work.
My work explores my personal experiences, while correlating ideas between culture and subculture. Touching on social, historical, and individual experiences, my goal is to engage the viewer through mundane subjects and satirical themes. Using a crude aesthetic to merge ideas of race, landscape, and Americana, my work creates a mythological narrative that explores a black perspective from my many years growing up in suburbia painting graffiti. My objective is not to always equate my experiences with the seriousness of my subject matter, but to instead use a common language to examine our society's perceptions.