Exhibit of Buena Vista Portraits

Press Release

Palo Alto Art Center Presents Life-Sized Portraits
of Palo Alto Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Residents

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Visitors to the Palo Alto Art Center will stand toe-to-toe with multiple generations of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents depicted in life-sized, highly detailed portraits by Oakland-based artist Joel Daniel Phillips, during his residency at the Art Center from June 18-August 29.

Phillips will offer the public a glimpse into his creative process as he draws his subjects using a combination of charcoal and graphite in the Art Center’s Glass Gallery on Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

My work focuses primarily on portraiture at a monumental scale,” says Phillips, who will create up to eight new drawings during his residency. “I am fascinated by the intricacies and commonalities that we share, and search for moments when our projected sense of self is transparent—allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible.

Phillips is interested in highlighting communities that are often overlooked. His artistic process begins by spending time with individuals and families from those communities that are open to having their stories told through visual means. Reference photographs are then brought back to his studio where he spends several weeks painstakingly rendering his figures at a one-to-one scale.

He has exhibited his artwork in galleries throughout San Francisco, including Hashimoto Contemporary, Spoke Art , 111 Minna, and Intersection for the Arts, as well as in Los Angeles at the Hero Complex Gallery and in New York at Bold Hype Gallery . Phillips received the Tom Anderson Art Award from Westmont College in 2010-2011, and the Ludington-Parshall Art Award from the Santa Barbara Art Association in 2009-2010. He studied at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, and received his BA in Fine Art in 2011 from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

In addition to his regular studio drop-in hours at the Art Center, Phillips will be meeting with the public and creating his artwork during Friday Night at the Art Center, 7-10 p.m., on June 19. At the end of his residency, his drawings will be presented in the Art Center’s upcoming exhibition, Front Yard/Backstreet, which runs from Sept. 19-Dec. 13.

The Artist-in-Residence Program was established to reinforce the mission of the Art Center, and to build important connections between the recognized exhibition and studio programs and the community. Through this program, the Palo Alto Art Center will actively collaborate with artists throughout the region. During their residency, participating artists will engage with community members in a variety of Art Center programs, culminating in an installation project.

The Palo Alto Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.