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 been featured in Transition Magazine, as well as spoken about his work at Xavier University. Some of his solo exhibitions include: “Memphis Retrospective” at Nothwesthern State University (Natchitoches, LA), “Uncle Tom’s Watermelon Rebellion of 89” at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA), and “Roots” at Antenna gallery (New Orleans, LA). While Phillips has maintained an underground presence within the graffiti subculture for over 10 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.