This evolving series is my abstracted interpretation of the natural world. It is an ongoing reimagining of vegetation, flowers and the landscape. I rely partly on intuition, trusting in the gestures and mark making that come with a spontaneous approach. The color palette and composition of these paintings is affected by what I see from my studio windows—looking out to the nearby bay. My work is also influenced by repeated travels to the lush green environs of the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. Multiple layers of translucent color contribute to the overall mood and depth of each piece. I approach my work with an open mind, curious to see what is to come of the paintings in progress. I aim to create paintings that are organic and unfolding, playing between the boundaries of abstraction and representation. — Daniel Phill
Daniel Phill has developed a unique style that is not bound to either representation or abstraction. First and foremost a colorist, Phill often creates with fiery, saturated hues. Working in an Expressionist style, he pieces together organic shapes in his paintings and teases images from splatters of paint. His canvases demonstrate an impressive control of the materials used. In large, loose gestures, he describes essential details — long, slender tendrils become reeds, pressed and flattened pools of paint turn into petals, and delicate veins emerge from colors bleeding together. Known mostly for his abstracted botanical imagery, the paintings bear his signature bold strokes and improvised gestures. Phill's approach has been described as using an “unrehearsed expressionism” in an “anarchic manner.”
Daniel Phill has exhibited extensively and his artwork is in diverse public and private collections, such as: Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Citigroup; De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University; Ernst & Young; First USA Bank; GTE; Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University; Morgan Stanley; Nordstrom; Pfizer; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA; Stanford University; Sutter Health; Texas A&M University; Tucson Museum of Art; UC San Diego Medical Center; US Department of State; and Yuma Art Center, among others. Phill's paintings have been reviewed or published in: ARTnews; Art in America; New York Sun; California Home+Design; New Yorker; Los Angeles Times; Art & Antiques; Palm Springs Life; House Beautiful; Wall Street International; Santa Fean Magazine, and Artweek, among others.
Daniel Phill was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He received an MFA from Stanford University, and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.