Robert Gregory Phillips is a contemporary American artist.
He works in a broad range of media including painting, photography, drawing, collage, video and code art. His paintings are in corporate and private collections in the USA, Korea and China. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Painting from Troy University, Alabama.
Abstraction, realism, impressionism, minimalism and color field are among the influences of his art.
Phillips, born in 1955, lives near Austin, Texas with his wife and family.
When I do art, I pray and I wait. I wait for something to come, not so much a direction, but a feeling or maybe better, a knowing. It's not an all-at-once thing. I usually need to make a mark, or choose a color before I can know the next thing to do. One mark leads to the next, one color to the next. My art is not complete until a certain aesthetic is reached. I never know how long is going to take. Sometimes I will stop after a few minutes and start it again the next day. Sometimes this can go on for months or years until it's finished. Sometimes I think a painting is finished and then I come back a month later and discover that I want to continue working on it. In a sense it was complete but then I saw something new, a shift in direction or composition, or maybe it was a new link or symbol developing.
I enjoy visiting art galleries and museums and seeing great art. I get up close, look at every brush stroke, scrape and layer, and wonder how and why. I do the same, online at museums and places like the Google Art Project.
Art history and the study of major art movements, I am sure in some way influence my 'art aesthetic' but I think it goes deeper. Film, music, poetry, philosophy, theology, nature, science and technology. All these things influence, but the dominant thing is relationships. Relationships with friends and family but also with the ever-present author of creation. It's that deep yearning of the soul under His influence.
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. G.K. Chesterton