Matt Phillips


Matt Phillips is a color abstract painter based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His paintings often begin with an underlying geometric scaffolding but over time, they drift from the measured to articulate particular forms, tune color relationships, and define space. Irregular geometries reveal a searching and imperfect hand, a flawed logic and a personable humor. Phillips inserts the body into the rectangle and the intimate into the grid. There is a tension between geometric rationality and human touch.

Phillips has been an assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College. He is a founding member of TSA (Tiger Strikes Asteroid) gallery in Bushwick. In the fall of 2014, the University of Maine Museum of Art presented a survey show of Phillips’ paintings entitled Staring at the Sun with a Penny in My Pocket. In 2015, Phillips installed a mosaic commission, realized with Steven Miotto, at PS106 in the Bronx. The project was commissioned by the NYC Dept. of Ed. and the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools Program. Phillips will be in residence at the MacDowell Colony this coming February.

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


2007 Boston University, Boston, MA M.F.A in Painting

2001 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA B.A. in Art/Art History

2003 New York Studio School, New York, NY Landscape Painting Marathon

2001 New York Studio School, New York, NY Drawing Marathon

Teaching Experience

2016 Visiting Drawing Instructor (Drawing Marathon), New York Studio School, NY, NY

2016 Visiting Critic, Mount Gretna School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA

2011-2015 Visiting Artist in Art and Art History, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

2007-2011Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

2013-2014 Visiting Artist Boston University

2009-2013 Visiting Artist: R.I.S.D, Providence, RI (Sophomore Sculpture)

2012 Visiting Artist: Marlboro College

2010-2011 Visiting Artist: Smith College

2011 Visiting Artist: Mt. Holyoke College

2010 Visiting Artist: Swarthmore College

2010 Visiting Artist: Amherst College

2007-2010 Five College Drawing Faculty (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith & University of Massachusetts)


2016 MacDowell Colony Resident, Peterborough, NH

2014 Commissioned Artist, New York City’s Public Art for Public Schools Program (a large-scale ceramic tile mosaic at PS106X)

2012 The Drawing Center, Viewing Program, Artist Registry, New York, NY

2011 Artist in Residence, Denniston Hill, Woodridge, NY

2011 The Renaissance Graphic Arts Award – 85th Annual Printmaking Competition (curated by Sarah Suzuki and Emi Eu)

2007 Kahn Career Entry Award Finalist (Boston University)

2005-2007 Constantin Alajalov Scholarship (Boston University)

2006 Hamill Prize for excellence in painting (Boston University)

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (Upcoming)

2016 Comfort Inn, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY

2014 University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.

2014 Staring At The Sun With A Penny In My Pocket

2013 Matt Phillips: Small Paintings, Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 Both, And: Recent Paintings by Matt Phillips (Curated by John Stomberg)Branch Gallery, North Adams, MA

2013 this, and then, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY

2009 Out Through The In Door, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 The Sun Machine is Coming Down, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Rational Curves: Joy Curtis, Ryan DaWalt, & Matt Phillips (Curated by Robert Epstein), Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

2016 Elizabeth Atterbury, Joe Ballweg, Meghan Brady, EJ Hauser, & Matt Phillips, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

2016 Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris, France

2015 I Cant Wait to Get Off Work (Curated by Austin Eddy), Bannerette, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Small Works, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME

2015 Printers Proof : 30 Years at Wingate Studio, Boston University Stone Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 Market Art + Design Fair, Bridgehampton, NY (with Steven Harvey Projects)

2015 Lets Go Away For Awhile (Curated by Erik den Breejen and Maria Louisa Calandra), One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

2015 Living Threads, New York Studio School, NY, NY

2015 Alumni Exhibit, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, MA

2015 B Sides (Curated by Steven Gavino),Third Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

2015 JustMad Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

2014 Miami Project Art Fair, Miami, FLA (with Steven Harvey Projects)

2014 Clouds are Our Mountains (Curated by Austin Thomas and Steven Harvey), The Jade, Miami, FLA

2014 Back to the Future, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY

2014 EAB Fair, New York, NY (with Wingate Studio)

2014 Diamonds and Doughnuts, Geoffery Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

2014 To Tiger With Love,Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

2014 The Jam 3.0 (Group Exhibit with Site-Specific Mural created and executed with Andrea Bergart), Steven Harvey Projects, New York, NY 

2014 The Jam 2 (Group Exhibit with Site-Specific Mural created and executed with Andrea Bergart) Curated by Joan Backes, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

2014 Second Sight (Sean Green, Matt Phillips, and Russell Tyler) Catalogue essay by Geoffrey Young, Brian Morris Gallery, NY, NY

2014 Mix Tape (Curated by Sophia Alexandrov and Todd Bienvenu), Third Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Legend Anew (Curated by Paul D’Agostino), Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Select Fair, New York, NY (with Wingate Studios)

2014 Group Show (A Woodpoint and Kingsland Production), DeBuck Gallery, New York, NY

2014 Attraction, Tony Taj Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014 Projector 237 (Peter Acheson, Lester Johnson, Kurt Knobelsdorf, Lauren Luloff, Sangram Majumdar, and Matt Philips), Steven Harvey Projects, New York, NY

2013 Flat Files: Year One, TSA New York, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Half Life, Andrew Prayzner Apartment Show, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Love at Home 2, Production Network, Seattle, WA

2013 Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1 , Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Above the Surface, Below the Surface: Prints by Wingate Studios,Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

2013 Summer Group Show, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY

2013 Benefit, Novella Gallery, New York, NY

2013 Love at Home, Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 Dooroomwindow, Pulse Fair, NYC with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

2013 Artist Series Project with Woodpoint and Kingsland, Artware Editions, New York, NY

2013 Correspondence I, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Folk Appeal (Curated by Sean Gallery), Mingo Gallery, Beverly, MA

2013 Editions Artists’ Books Fair, New York, NY (With Wingate Studio)

2012 Fresh Prints, Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv, Israel

2012 Against the Grain (Benefit Show curated by Amir Fallah), Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012 The Jam, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY

2012 The Irreconcilable (with Jennifer Abessira, Avner Ben Gal, Matt Phillips, Tal R, Jonas Wood, and Guy Yanai)The Spaceship at Ha Yarkon 70, Tel Aviv, Israel

2012 Meta-Decorative, Scope Art Fair, New York, NY (with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects)

2012 Faculty Show, Mt. Holyoke College Museum, South Hadley, MA

2011 Freestyle,  680 Woodward, Brooklyn, New York

2011 Collage (Curated by Klaus Postler), Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2011 Printmaking!, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach, NJ

2011 Mix and Match, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania

2011 Printmaking! (Curated by Sarah Suzuki and Emi Eu), The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Get on the Block (Curated by Lauren van Haaften-Schick), Camel Arts Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Fist City: EJ Hauser, Logan Grider, Matt Phillips, and Nathlie Provosty, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Invitational Exhibit, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

2010 Keep the Home Fires Burning, Fowler Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Pictured Thoughts (Curated by Sean Greene), University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA

2010 Good to Pull, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst MA

2010 Block Party, Space Gallery, Portland, ME

2010 40th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA

2010 Reunited, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, NY.

2009 Printers Proof: Selections from the Wingate Studio Archive, Rhodes Art Center Gallery, Gill, MA

2009 Faculty Show, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA

2009 Meghan Brady, Andy Ness, & Matt Phillips: New Works on Paper,  Ganser Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

2009 Cadaver Corpse, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Out of Sight, Wunderarts, Amherst, MA

2009 1000 Days, Scion Installation LA, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Cadaver Corpse, Golden Age, Chicago, IL

2009 Old School, Jack the Pelican, Williamsburg, NY

2009 Sound & Vision: Circuit, Tube, and Prism (Curated by Gideon Bok), Space Gallery, Portland, ME

2008 Redux Benefit Auction, The Art Institute of Charleston, Charleston, SC

2008 Gangbusters, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Transit Antenna Big Tent Revival Auction, Redux Art Center, Charleston, SC

2007 Faculty Show, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA

2007 Petra Projects Presents Matt Phillips and Eliza Stamps, Petra Projects at Mehr Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2007 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Boston University 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2007 Matt Phillips: Recent Paintings and Prints, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2006 Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 Matt Phillips: New Paintings, Irregular Artbeat Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Publications, Collaborations, and Public Projects

2016 San Marco – Archival digital edition published by Exhibition A

2014 The Jam 2.0 & 3.0 — Two site-specific murals created and executed with Andrea Bergart at New Bedford Art Museum and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

2012 Ditzydos — A site-specific mural installed at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects during the exhibition The Jam. Created and executed with Andrea Bergart.

2012 Paper Monument’s “Draw It With Your Eyes Closed – Contributing writer to book of essays.

2011 Sheltering Sky – A site-specific mural on the interior of a swimming pool conceived and executed with Andy Ness at Denniston Hill Artist Residency

2010 Modular Mural — An installation and video produced with Meghan Brady at SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME.

2010 Guitar — A suite of color etchings published by Wingate Studios.

2010 Hampshire College Mural Project – A collaborative mural created with Hampshire College art students and artists Seth Gadsden and Seth Curcio.

2009 Woodblock Print — A collaborative woodblock print executed with Meghan Brady and Andy Ness on the occasion of the exhibit: Meghan Brady, Andy Ness, & Matt Phillips; New Works on Paper. Ganser Gallery, PA

2009 1,000 Days — Exhibition Catalogue

2008 The Sun Machine is Coming Down — Exhibition Catalogue. (Essays by Seth Curcio & Dushko Petrovich)

2008 New Exchange — A folio showcasing 20 artists curated by Meghan Brady and Louise Kohrman (edition of 20)

2007 The Kite Project — A collaborative print project with Josef Kristofoletti. An edition of 50 woodblock prints crafted into kites and flown over Cambridge, MA.

2006 December — A book of original poetry by Brandy Barents with seven intaglio etchings by Matt Phillips (open edition)

Curatorial Projects

2012 – Present Co-Founder of TSA New York. A Brooklyn cooperative gallery, performance, and exhibition space.

2015 Artist Run Miami- An international showcase of 40 artist run spaces in a repurposed hotel

2015 Juror — Boston Young Contemporaries

2015 TSA NY consultant to the Select Art Fair (NYC) – in addition to having a booth in the fair, TSA organized various lectures, panel discussion, and performances

2015 TSA, Brooklyn, NY

Andy Ness (With Performances by Sandra Bernhard and Jacolby Satterwhite)

2014 TSA, Brooklyn, NY

Sump Pumped Sentiments — a group exhibition featuring Todd Bienveneu, Gideon Bok, Shara Hughes, and Jason Mones.

2013 Fowler Arts, Greenpoint Brooklyn

Split Seven — a group exhibition featuring the work of Yevgeniya Baras, Michael Kennedy Costa, Ariel Dill, Dana Frankfort, Sean Greene, Clare Grill, Jessie LeBaron, Russell Tyler, Keith J. Varadi, and Joel Werring

2006 Co-Founder Boston Young Contemporaries — A juried exhibition showcasing 12 New England Area MFA programs

Press /Media

2/16 Baras, Yevgeniya “Yevgeniya Baras with Matt Phillips”

7/14 Smith, Roberta “The Jam 3.0” New York Times

7/14 Editor’s Pick “Best Summer Group Show” The L Magazine

6/14 Laluyan, Oscar “Sight Un-Scene at Brian Morris Gallery”

4/14 Schwendener, Martha “ Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed Ethos: A Critic’s Picks in Brooklyn” New York Times

3/14 Yanai, Guy “Sump Pumped Sentiments: Curated by Matt Phillips @ TSA, NY” The Telavivian

8/13 Seven, John “Matt Phillips: Impersonal Simplicity Sparks Personal Complexity” North Adams Transcript

11/13 Featured Artist for the Harvard Business Review (pp 9,61,62,63,65,81,88,140)

8/13 Hartley, Melissa “Love at Home” Mode Magazine

11/13 Gorky’s Grandaughter Interview:

6/13 Yanai, Guy “Matt Phillips – This and Then at SHFAP” The Telavivan

5/13 Krarup, Benjamin “Five Questions : Matt Phillips.”

4/13 Butler, Sharon, “Matt Phillips” Two Coats of Paint (.com)

4/13 Kirkland, Allegra, “The Scattered Geometries of Matt Phillips”

9/12 National Daily Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel. “Fresh Prints”

8/12 Esplund, Lance “The Jam” Bloomberg

7/12 Samet, Jen “Matt Phillips: Beer with a Painter ”

5/12 Maariv National Daily. Tel Aviv, Israel. “The Irreconcilable.”

3/12, “Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects at Scope.”

12/11 Museum, “The Best Art Exhibits of 2011.”

8/11 Wilson, Michael, “Upstate Downstate”

7/11 Donohoe, Victoria “Print Center’s Venerable Small Show is big on Sophistication”, Philadelphia Inquirer

7/11 Anghelescu, Victoria “Mix and Match, o lume construita din fragmente.” Cotidianul

7/11 Nathan, Emily “Brooklyn Local”

7/11 James Kalm Rough Cuts. “Fist City at Folwer Arts.”

7/11 Kalm, James “Brooklyn Dispatches” The Brooklyn Rail

7/11 Meier, Allison “Wandering Through Bushwick Open Studios”

09/10 Dodge, Matt “Block Party (steam) Rolls into Town” The Portland Daily Sun

09/10 Keyes, Bob “New Kids on the Block” The Portland Press Herald

09/10 Gray, Christopher “Block Party Consumes the Arts District”, The Portland Phoenix

07/09 Breor, Melissa, “Driven to Abstraction.” Daily Hampshire Gazette

06/09 Campoy-Leffler, Nicole “Color Blocking is the New Black” Fine Arts LA

06/09 Juxtapoz “Behind the Scenes at Scion Space : 1,000 Days”

12/08 Curcio, Seth “The Sun Machine is Coming Down”

11/08 Smith, Nick “The Pursuit of Business” Charleston City Paper

10/08 Hawkins, Ken “The Sun Machine: Experience a contemporary exhibit where two young artists aren’t afraid of painting outside of the lines” Charleston Magazine

10/08 Pool, Olivia, “Here Comes the Sun” Charleston Post Courier

07/07 Curcio, Seth “Daily Serving Interview with Matt Phillips”