When speaking with Philip about this show, some specific pieces of work, and how he moves through the creation of his work, he paraphrased Jackson Pollack. “It’s about the paint and the process, it’s not about the artist.” He may have been referring to something very specific, comparing his style to Pollack’s, but the phrasing rang true for Philip as an artist. For him, it is not about the end result or the name on the catalogue, it’s about watching the magic that happens with a brush stroke; creating movement with a sweep of color and bringing the canvas to life with a talent he knows he is fortunate to have. As we interact more and more with Philip Frey’s collectors and friends, one theme rings true. Not only are they happy for the success of the show, but they are happy for the success of Philip, himself. “He is a great man, as well as great artist.”
Many have also commented on the “change” in Philip’s work. Frey attributes the strength and growth seen in his show, New Works, to time spent at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency on Cranberry Island in 2012. His residency was a few years ago, but it changed not only his final products, but his process. He comments on this during our interview.
One of the most remarkable changes is what Frey calls, “incidental marks.” These marks happen with the “throwing” of paint that might occur throughout the painting process to fold in texture, direction and a sense of spontaneity. “It gives a sense of movement,” says Philip. “It’s a throwback to when I worked with watercolor.” He refers to Japanese watercolor and calligraphy and the looseness of the brush. Watch the video below to hear it from Philip himself.
If you haven’t had a chance to come by 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk to view Philip Frey’s New Works show, consider this an invitation. The show will be on display until July 16th. He has additional pieces at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, as well. You can also see his work online by clicking the SHOWS link, as well as his entire collection on his Artist Page.
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