Joel Phillips (American, b. 1960) was born in Midland, Texas, and grew up drawing horses and cowboys. Later, his family moved to California in horse country between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, Phillips attended Pepperdine University and studied under the noted California painters Joseph Piasentin and Avery Faulkner. Of this time, Phillips once said, "Since my professors worked in a much more abstract and expressionistic vein than I did, I feel I was really challenged daily and encouraged to be responsible for every choice and decision I make as a painter." After graduating from Pepperdine, Phillips moved back to Texas to work on his uncle's ranch. There, he began developing his unique manner of interpreting the American West. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Abilene, Texas, and in a two-person exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum. Phillips also participates in numerous major Western art shows nationwide, including the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California and the Pasadena Historical Museum in California. He has been featured in magazines such as "Art Talk" and "Art of the West." His high recorded public sale price was $9,200.00. Of course, many paintings have been sold through galleries at much higher prices. His work is treasured by many collectors. Recently we have seen a rise in popularity for Western art. Perhaps some people, like me, remember times in the past that might have been spent out west. Personally, I remember some wonderful times in South Dakota and Wyoming. Real cowboys, horses, ranches and cattle. When one could drive and see no-one for miles. If you encountered car trouble, the first vehicle that approached stopped to help. We didn't think in terms that we might be robbed! There were no cell phones; only a friendly place. I look at this painting, and see one of the cowboys that perhaps worked at one of tha ranches. Enough of my fond memories.
Country of Origin: United States.
Medium: Oil on panel.
Title: "Higher Ground"
Size: 15 1/2 by 12 inches (39.4 x 30.5 cm) Framed 18 by 15 Inches.
Signed lower right: Joel Phillips
Provenance: Altermann & Morris Galleries, Dallas.
(Acquired from the above gallery.)
Condition: Work remains in good overall condition.