Phyllis Gorsen



Contact Information

1241 Carpenter Street
Studio 255
Philadelphia, PA 19147
tel: 856-685-4312
e-mail: Phyllis Gorsen
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

I am most captivated by patterns as they relate to the functioning of our everyday lives. Examining the cadence of daily life unveils the repetitious behaviors that form the building blocks of our existence. These are the moments that reflect quiet internal stories, interludes, the fleeting, and the space-in-between that carry a thread of cohesion through all of us. These moments are easily recognizable in their commonality. There are many physical patterns that accompany our daily rituals that signify the act of the routines themselves – the design of a commonly walked floor, the bedding of the nightly sleep, the rug of a favorite room or the shirt pattern of a beloved person. Seeing these material patterns can cause an emotive response due to their associations. My figurative work explores the duality between the tangible and the intangible experience of familiar patterns. I choose these passages to highlight the spirit that the everyday signifies.

My figurative incorporates using paper and charcoal under and over acrylic paint creating layers, depth and texture. I scrape off the layers revealing the pentimento causing a tension between the abstract surface and the representational image. My paintings are imbued with history – the history of my mark making and the chronicle of a lived moment. I begin each painting with an overall hue indicative of the mood I wish to express letting it reveal itself throughout. I strive for the viewer to experience an oscillation amongst the different facets of patterns: between physical representations and the associations they inspire. My hope is that I portray these common familiar pieces of life with the significance and beauty they represent to me.

Selected Exhibitions

Rittenhouse 1715, Philadelphia, PA

Joel and Linda Appel Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ

Ritual, HBHQ, Philadelphia, PA

Arbitrary Relevance, Ground Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Benefit v. Fifteen, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

113th All Student Exhibition, MFA Thesis Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

71st Annual Awards Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham PA
Juror: Richard Rosenfeld
Irving Portner Memorial Award

Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Pafa @ Parktown Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Bill Scott

National Council for the Arts Exhibition, Cherry Hill, NJ
Honorable Mention

Annual CE Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

pafa x phly Exhibition, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Philadelphia, PA

Mugs Juried Exhibition, Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA

CCC&HC, Hopkins House, Haddon Twp., NJ
Juried Exhibition

Cherry Hill Art Blooms, Cherry Hill, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA

Five New Artists in Old City Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

Annual CE Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Room To Grow, Philadelphia, PA

Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Annual CE Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Awarded Honorable Mention


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Glassworks Magazine, Rowan University, Fall 2015, Issue 11, pgs: Cover,43, 65.

Images copyright © Phyllis Gorsen

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