Piece description from the artist
I've always loved Hopper and find that we have much in common as painters. Most all of his paintings revolve around people -as mine do. His models are not necessarily 'pretty' but have the feel of being real and down to earth. I can resonate with that. I decided to do a series of copies of his paintings adding some of my own more impasto style and keeping my painting a different size than his. I've read about him, have seen shows of his works over the years and even painted on the same streets where he did. I think he and I have a ton in common. I have many favorite artists throughout history but if I had to boil it down I would say Hopper and Van Gogh. What they have in common is how they painted 'honestly' without trying to wow the viewer with splashy technique or painting 'beautiful people'.
Ever since Philip started painting 30 years ago there was one main focus that resonated with him: the figure. He studied anatomy for artists and spent hundreds of hours learning, experimenting with color, composition, and drawing. Because he's spent well over a thousand hours painting the figure from life it's enabled him to stretch out and create more interesting canvases using the camera as a tool. Some of the themes he's painted include NYC street scenes, boxing (he boxed years ago), the Civil War, the Indian Wars and a series of paintings of imaginary scenes inside museums pulling together a variety of images to create those paintings.