art:Dick Phillips

During my vacation in Arizona last month, I took a day trip to Sedona and made a pit-stop in Jerome, a teeny-tiny town on top of a very big and very steep hill. The touristy town is the perfect mid-destination point among the rolling hills and winding mountains en route from Phoenix to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. There are many shops and restaurants to choose from, and the turquoise jewelry is abundant (and you know that's the real reason I wanted to stop there!) There are multiple art galleries which showcase more than just the local hobbyist's works - these places house LEGIT art of varying mediums.

I came across the abstract acrylic paintings of Dick Phillips at the Raku Gallery. (He's also featured at the Duely Jones gallery in Scotsdale.) I almost couldn't bear leaving without one, though they're all approx. 4 ft x 4 ft in size and range from $1,000-$3,000 in price. I seldom find art that portrays color in the way that I see it, or in inspirational compositions. To be honest, I'm bored by most fine art and am appealed to more graphic forms. This artist's explosions of color on canvas triggered a connection to the art that I don't usually attain. The vibrant expression and movement in Dick Phillips' work impressed me so much that I spent at least an hour of the remaining car ride to Sedona in an uncomfortably cramped backseat trying to pick up signals on my Blackberry so I could Google him. I managed to find the following bio. Oh, and dude is in his 70's. Even more impressive.

DICK PHILLIPS is a native of Breckenridge, Texas and a graduate of Texas A & M University. He has conducted numerous workshops thoughtout the United States, England and Mexico. Mr. Phillips has continually taught drawing and painting since 1972. Previous studies have been with such noted painters as Milford Zornes and Robert E. Wood. Mr. Phillips has had thirty-nine One Man Exibitions and has exhibited in over one hundred juried shows across the United States. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.

Dick Phillips has taught watercolor classes in the Valley for many years, while exhibiting his acrylic abstract landscapes in galleries around the country. His most recent body of work are abstract floral paintings, in which he fuses his two different styles in an explosion of vivid color and fluidity.






Going for the Gold



Sonorian Rhapsody

Django Reinhardt's Blue Note


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I came across your blog after doing a Google search to see if anyone had written about Dick (my grandfather) lately. I'm sorry to say that he passed away on Friday so I really enjoyed reading your description of how his art spoke to you and seeing the images you were able to find. I've been lucky enough to be surrounded by his sketches, watercolors and the amazing acrylics my entire life.

  2. I met Dick Phillips when I was a child. He has been a long-friend of my mother, Mary DeLoyht-Arendt. I was so very fortunate to receive one of his paintings as a gift. I'm still unaware of why gave me such a precious gift. I have two pieces of his from the early 80's. I emailed him last year to tell how much liked his current work and that I love the paintings I have of his. He gave me no indication that he was ill. I was shocked when my mother told me of his passing. He was an inspiration to me. I am so saddened by his departure but the world is rich with memories of him in his work. Tammy Allen DeLoyht Strnatka.

  3. Jill Smith (Mote)7/19/11, 5:38 PM

    When 1966 rolled around, I was ten years old, in fourth grade,and Caroline Phillips (Dick's oldest daughter)was my best friend. My father would put on his suit and tie and go to work for an insurance company.
    Caroline's father picked up a paintbrush. The Phillips converted the front room of their home to an art studio and the rest is history. I recall his first black and white sketches (charcoal), the movement to watercolors, and finally acrylic abstracts. His work still hangs in my home in Tucson Arizona. My heart goes out to Margaret, Caroline, and Laura. I love you all. Jill.

  4. Marcia Sewell7/20/11, 9:06 AM

    So very appreciative of your sending this display of Dick's work. He was a fabulous artist and teacher. I took many of his art classes from 1985 to present and I consider him my mentor and friend. He was always so generous of his time and expertise. I consider myself blessed to have such a mentor in my life and much gratitude. Deepest condolences and blessings to Margaret and the family. We have all been enriched by Dick's presence and talent!!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this display of Dick's work. I have been taking classes with Dick for the past three plus years and feel so fortunate to have been a part of them....They were the highlight of my week...he was always sharing his wealth of information and expertise and so kind and generous in his ways. My deepest and sincere condolences to Margaret and the family....Dick will be missed by all of us!
    Sheila Bryton

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