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There in the Air

Saab 900 Turbo Convertible 1990 flying surreal rain gas station nighttime nocturne urban oil painting
oil on canvas
31 x 48 in.
2022
$3500
Desert Thoughts Moab Utah dirt devils dust devils planet melancholia fire surreal dream fear
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
2022
$2600
A Tree Glows in Brooklyn
oil on polycotton
36 x 36 in.
2022
oil on linen panel painting red hall Greenpoint Brooklyn NYC New York hell movie poster ingmar bergman
oil on polycotton
36 x 36 in.
2022
$1600
NYC Brooklyn New York City sunset rooftops oil on canvas painting surrealism surreal kyle andrew phillips
oil on canvas
72 x 72 in. diptych
2022
$6000
Disco Light
oil on panel
20 in. diameter
2022
oil on panel moonlight moon light nocturne painting landscape Nashville Tennessee suburbs
oil on panel
20 in. diameter
2022
$600
DM Light Dominican Republic punta cana night tropical palm trees beach
oil on panel
20 in. diameter
2022
$600
Good Vibes Only
oil on polycotton
25-1/2 x 48 in.
2022
Above Leonard St.
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
2022
Isle of the Dead NYC New York City oil painting Arnold Bocklin tribute blue gold manhattan
mixed media on panel
38 x 72 in.
2022
$3000

Statement

I have meticulously created paintings that portray surreal narratives I have experienced over the past two years, 2020-22. Although I did not want it to be explicitly so or blatantly obvious, I am using covid as a lens that distorts the intricacies of our world. Hence the show’s title. Combined with referential imagery, contrasted darks and lights, atmosphere and humor, I wanted to tell these stories and show contradictions.

The paintings mainly depict New York City and capture the emptiness of urban life during the pandemic. There are no figures in the majority of these paintings. There is just one, Flight Over Leonard St., depicting a boy on a rooftop who is playing alone amongst imagined monsters that he will soon lose his toy plane to. I feel we can relate to this child as recent times have brought about new fears and uncertainties of the future. Yet his toy airplane is flying towards light. There is hope of a safe landing and retrieval of the plane.

Strong light is a motif that carries through the work as a symbol of a better future. Some paintings are homages to paintings from the past, like Arnold Bocklin’s Isle of the Dead. Others take us to barren lands in an end of the world scenario like Desert Thoughts, an homage to Lars von Triers’ film Melancholia.