Phyllis Gorsen


Contact Information

phyllisgorsen@gmail.com

Phone: 856-685-4312

http://www.phyllisgorsen.com/

Studio 1241 Carpenter Street, Studio 255 Philadelphia, PA 19147

www.facebook.com/phyllis.gorsen

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting

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

Solo
2017
Emblems & Allegories, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2015
Phyllis Gorsen-Solo Exhibition, Rittenhouse 1715, Philadelphia, PA
Exalting the Ordinary- Paintings by Phyllis Gorsen, Appel Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ
Group
2018
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

2017
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

2016
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
Semifinalist

Nurturing Your Nature, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA

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

2015
Ritual, HBHQ, Philadelphia, PA

Arbitrary Relevance, Ground Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
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

2013
Pafa @ Parktown Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

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

2012
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

2011
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

2010
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

2009
Annual CE Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Awarded Honorable Mention

Other
2017
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY

Inliquid Benefit, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Benefit v. Fifteen, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2017
Newhall, Edith, "Exceptional summer shows at local galleries… and a home for the Vox diaspora," Philly.com/Philadelphia 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," InLiquid.com 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

2016
Nurturing Your Nature, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2014
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
BA