Alfred Phillips is a Gainesville- based artist who specializes in acrylic painting. Educated at Louisville, Kentucky’s Art Center School, with a four-year studio arts degree, Phillips had a long, successful career in commercial art that included stints at ad agencies, then at his own graphics design firm. In 2003 he closed the firm and took up art full time when he relocated to Fort Lauderdale, earning multiple awards, and making sales on national and international levels. He relocated to Gainesville in 2013 and serves on the Board of GFAA as well as volunteer Gallery Director.
“Because I always paint realistically but never to the point of photorealism, I call my work ‘contemporary realism’, and it often has a narrative theme. I will sometimes incorporate almost abstract-like areas, with drips and splatters, and shapes and angles, even in my most detailed paintings. Then I might focus extreme detail in certain areas of the canvas to draw the eye and bring the viewer closer to the painting.”