Phyllis Gorsen

Contact Information

Phone: 856-685-4312

Studio & Gallery

Studio 1241 Carpenter Street, Studio 255 Philadelphia, PA 19147

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.


Archived Work

Artist's Statement

In my recent paintings, I focus on how the commonality of shared patterns connects people together. I explore this through a duality of abstraction and representation. The abstraction comes in the form of vibrant and dynamic geometric compositions that upon further exploration reveals elements of the familiar and commonplace. I consider these representational components; some are recognizable and others that are symbolic interpretations of various facets of the human experience such as language, technology, spirituality, environment, culture, etc. These components are injected with the strong lines on the canvas which bridge them together, illustrating how these elements form a shared, communal bond that connect us to one another. These multi-canvas geometric designs are intended to move the eye using energetic patterns, movement and vibrancy. My titles also play an important role in telling the story of each piece. My hope is that viewer is captivated by the visual allure of the surface to allow for a slow unveiling of the meaning of the work.

Selected Exhibitions

Emblems & Allegories, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Phyllis Gorsen-Solo Exhibition, Rittenhouse 1715, Philadelphia, PA
Exalting the Ordinary- Paintings by Phyllis Gorsen, Appel Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ
Small Beauties, Era Contemporary, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY

Winged Woman: The Art of Arlene Love and Contemporary Parallels, InLiquid Group Exhibition, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

Round, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, May 2018

2 Person Exhibition, RH Gallery & Studios, Hockessin, DE, November 2018

The Inherent Geometric, Four-person Show, Eadeh Silo, Devon, PA
Curator: Suzanna Gold

Star Garden Group Exhibition, Era Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Somewhere I’ve Never Been Before, 704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Judy Engle

Sex Symbol, Curator and Exhibitor, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA

Main Line Art Center Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded Honorable Mention, Haverford, PA

Spring Group Exhibition, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Celebrating the Legacy of David Park, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Awarded Honorable Mention
Juror: John Seed

Cut and Paste: Contemporary Collage Group Exhibition, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Seeing Red, HBHQ, Philadelphia, PA

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

Nurturing Your Nature, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Juried Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Sharon Ewing

Ritual, HBHQ, Philadelphia, PA

Arbitrary Relevance, Ground Floor Gallery, 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
Awarded Honorable Mention

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

pafa x phly, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Philadelphia, PA

Mugs Juried Exhibition, Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

CCC&HC, Hopkins House Gallery, Haddon Township, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Cherry Hill Art Blooms, Cherry Hill, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Main Line Art Center, 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, Three-person exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

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

The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY

Inliquid Benefit, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

Benefit v. Fifteen, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA


Newhall, Edith, "Exceptional summer shows at local galleries… and a home for the Vox diaspora," Inquirer, July 27, 2017

"Our Picks for July 2017, Sex Symbol A Group Exhibition with Nancy Hellebrand and Shira Yudkoff, Judy Gelles, Ekaterina Popova, and Phyllis Gorsen," Artblog, June 28, 2017

Depace, Antonia, "In Preparation for Sex Symbol: A Q&A with Phyllis Gorsen and Judy Gelles," Blog, July 14, 2017

Rodes, Andrea, "Who Doesn’t Wants to be a Sex Symbol?" Al Dia Newspaper, July 18, 2017

Phyllis Gorsen, Not Random Art, May 2017, Issue 9

Phyllis Gorsen, Create! Magazine, spring 2017

"ARTIST of the DAY: Phyllis Gorsen," Art and Art Deadlines, July 21, 2016

Featured Artist Blog: Phyllis Gorsen, Fresh Paint Magazine, July 2016

Eblen, Shannon "Painting Human Nature," Courier Post, NJ, March 2016

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

Exhibitions Curated

Nurturing Your Nature, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA