Tom Phillips, Artist
Tom Phillips who was commissioned to paint “The Cinematic Bridge” by LAHIFF co-founder and festival director Stephanie Mardesich is a native the harbor area and grew up in San Pedro and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. His family lineage goes back four generations to his great grandfather who ran the Bixby Ranch.
Phillips is renowned for his figurative compositions, still lifes, and landscapes in his distinctive realistic style that captures light, color, and detail to perfection. His depiction of old San Pedro and the Peninsula is evocative rather than maudlin, capturing the spirit of a bygone era.
EXHIBITIONS & JURIED SHOWS
1999 Sunyata Gallery “Sand & Sea” San Pedro, CA. (solo exhibit)
1998 Sunyata Gallery
“New Work: Retro Realism” San Pedro, CA. (solo exhibit)
1996 Zantman Art Gallery, Ltd. Palm Desert, CA. (three person show)
1995 “The Night Tacoma Danced” Art Sale Tacoma, WA. (two person show)
1995 Coffman’s Fine Art Gallery Palm Springs, CA.
1994 Palm Springs Desert Museum Palm Springs, CA.
Western Art Council Fundraiser
(home of Joseph Wambaugh)
1994 Beacon House 20th Anniv. Celebration San Pedro,CA.
1992 Coffman’s Fine Art Gallery Palm Springs, CA. (solo exhibit)
1990 Private Show to benefit Gene Autry Palos Verdes, CA. (solo show)
Western Heritage Museum and
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital
(home of Bruce Goldreyer, M.D.)
1987 The May Gallery Scottsdale, AZ.
(Grand Opening Show
The Borgetta of Scottsdale)
1984 Biltmore Gallery Celebrity Show Los Angeles, CA.
1983 Biltmore Gallery Celebrity Show Los Angeles, CA.
1983 Jim Clark Midland Texas Show Midland, TX. (group show)
1982 American Indian and Cowboy Artists San Dimas, CA.
1982 Zantman Art Gallery, Ltd. Palm Desert, CA. (solo exhibit)
1981 Zantman Art Gallery, Ltd. Palm Desert, CA (solo exhibit)
1979 Disney Artists and Friends of Cal Arts Los Angeles, CA.
(home of Sharon D. Lund-Hancock Park)
1876 National Watercolor Society U.S.A. (traveled)
1977 Porter’s Gallery Mission Viejo, CA. (solo exhibit)
1977 National Academy New York, NY
1977 Palm Springs Desert Museum Palm Springs, CA. (group show)
(Grand Opening Exhibition)
1977 National Watercolor Society Palm Springs, CA.
(National Traveling Exhibition)
1976 Porter’s Gallery Mission Viejo, CA.
1976 San Diego Watercolor Society San Diego, CA.
1975 Watercolor West Riverside, CA.
1975 National Watercolor Society Laguna Beach, CA.
(National Traveling Exhibition;
Laguna Beach Museum of Art)
PRINT MEDIA COVERAGE
Peninsula People (Cover story January 2000)
Peninsula News (Dec. ’98)
Daily Breeze (Dec. ’98)
PALM SPRINGS LIFE
“Tom G. Phillips: Celebrating the Life of the Indians
With Quality and Honesty,” by William Hemmerdinger
PALM SPRINGS LIFE
“The Out-of-Doors Captures the Talents of Two
Representational Artists”, by William Hemmerdinger
SOUTHWEST SAMPLER MAGAZINE
“Chronicles on Canvas – Contemporary Artists Paint
A Way of Life”, by Carol Lee Clark
INTERNAL FINE ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
(Masters in Art Today Issue)
“Painting Truth”, by Patricia Saleh
National Watercolor Society (since 1976)
Art Center College of Design
San Pedro, California