I have been making art the majority of my life. My formal education is in art, earning both a bachelors and masters of fine art degrees. I first studied with Les Krims (SUNY College at Buffalo) and later earned my MFA with Sonia Landy Sheridan (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). I currently live in the Pacific Northwest where I am also an Arts Commissioner for the City of Bellevue, WA. This website has been developed to showcase my work. Please feel free to contact me if you find the work to be of interest.
I am interested in exploring and creating a visual lexicon that will challenge and question preconceived ideas about the world around us. I ask the viewer to look at the ordinary and see it for the first time as a child might discover new things and be curious and amused.
The tension between what is seen and what is known about the images is always present. The more time one spends with the images, the more is revealed about what one knows and what one actually sees and experiences.
My work is eclectic to the degree that I strive to find and present images that have not been seen before. My interest is to make pictures that are at the same time ordinary and challenging to the viewer. Over the years I have created works that are both from the world or manufactured in the studio. The commonality of both these types of images is the uniqueness of what I believe is presented to the viewer.
"Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual."
"Built," an artist book, self published (2020)
"Urban = Art," monograph of photographs, self published (2018)
"Inverse," monograph of photographs, self published (2018)
"World on View," monograph of photographs, self published book (2011)
News and Exhibitions:
(February 2021) Juried Benefit Auction, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
(August 2020) 2020 The Photo Review Competition
(July 2020) Group photography show, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
(August 2019) The Power of Small Things, group art show, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA
(April 2019) Included in book: "Weaving Global Minds Generative Systems", Editor: Sonia Landy Sheridan
(March 2019) Juried Benefit Auction, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
(February 2019) Group photography show, Black Box Gallery, Portland , OR
(August 2018) 2018 The Photo Review Competition Web gallery
(August 2017) 10x10xTieton, group art show, Tieton, WA
(July 2017) Group photography show, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
(March 2017) Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
(May 2015) Group photography show, East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA
(October 2014) Group photography show, Blick Art Materials, Seattle, WA
(February 2014) Included in the book: "Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era: Generative Systems" , pages 14, 17, 18, 64, 65, 88, and 91.
(September 2013) Appointed to Bellevue Arts Commission, City of Bellevue, WA
(June 2013) "Harvesting the Wind," Executive Producer (Winner 34th Annual Telly Award)
(November 2011) Named to ArtsFund of King and Pierce Counties, WA
(February 2011) "Portable Postcard Exhibition 2" organized by Sonia Landy Sheridan
(2010) "Sixteen Scarfs by Generative Systems Artists" curated by Sonia Landy Sheridan
(2009) "The Power of Snoqualmie Falls," Executive Producer (Nominated, Emmy Award)
© 2020 Philip Malkin