Joel Daniel Phillips' work focuses on the tenets of classical draftsmanship employed in monumental formats. Inspired by the depth and breadth of human experience, he strives to tell the personal and societal histories etched in the faces of those around him. Through the tip of his pencil, the artist seeks to find moments where our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible.
Phillips’ work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries across the United States as well as abroad, including the National Portrait Gallery, Tacoma Art Museum, The Art Museum of South Texas, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. In 2016 he was the 3rd prize recipient in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery, and the artist is currently a 2017/2018 Fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Phillips drawings have been acquired by the West Collection, the Gilcrease Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.