Philip Ayers

Portrait of Philip Ayers

I do not care about "style" or categorial consistency, but I am very interest in making strong visual work. I want to involve the viewer in my process of making meaning in much the same way as Rorschach images will. The world itself is like in many ways a Rorschach test. The meaning of the work is made possible through the viewer's eyes, in the same way that all unique experiences are understood and internalized without a guide or guide book. The “internal” (knowledge) and the “external” (perceived), the visual and the invisible, should exist all at once in my paintings, as they do in life. We live in our own reality where the facilities of our senses are modified by the forces of knowledge and beliefs, such as technology, science, politics, religion, views of gender and race, etc.

My focus is on this multiplicity of realities as generative forces in two-dimensional space, structure and visual reading. How these separate states CAN exist together, and be related to one another to create an original visual and painterly object is the primary passion behind all my work. I wish to juxtapose these “internal” and “external” states, exploring the object and the IDEA of the object simultaneously.

Philip's work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions of contemporary art since 1976, including the Queens Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, the New Jersey State Museum of Art, Trenton, NJ, Newport Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington Indiana, and Florida International University Art Museum, Miami, Florida, among others.

Philip has been a three time recipient of Artists Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, all in painting, a grant from The Pollack- Krasner Foundation, and three Individual Artists Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

His work is art collections nationally Including the Chase Manhattan Bank collection, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and numerous private collections.

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Work Samples are also available at White Columns.