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The Monte Clark Gallery presents Brad Phillips Somebody Write to Me.
Opening reception: Thursday Apr 28, 6 – 8pm
Life is short but it’s still too long
Brad Phillips’ exhibition of new paintings explores, in a manner central to confessionalist poetry, the cliche of the male artist as a mentally ill, alcoholism prone, sexually voracious type of person. The work points out and pokes fun at this stereotype, and Phillips says, “autobiographical paintings [suggest] the possibility of this [stereotype] being a true assessment of myself as an artist and person.” The paintings were created as a pre-emptive defense, the artist calling out his own perceived flaws before anyone else can.
Brad Phillips graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1995 and has had solo exhibitions at Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Clark & Faria (Toronto), Wallspace Gallery (New York), Groeflin Maag Galerie (Zurich), LaMontagne Gallery (Boston), among others. His work is held in numerous collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, Sammlung Hauser + Wirth Collection, (Switzerland), and the Glenbow Museum.