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 Biography

Phyllis Gorsen, born in Philadelphia, PA, received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and California. Her exhibitions include a solo show at Boston Street Gallery and a two person exhibition at Hot Bed Gallery in Philadelphia. She has also curated several exhibitions in the Philadelphia region. Over the last couple of years, Gorsen has been featured in many publications including: The Philadelphia Inquirer, ArtBlog, Create! Magazine, the Courier Post and Glassworks Magazine. Many of her paintings are in collections throughout the United States. Gorsen currently works out of her studio located in Philadelphia.

Artist's Statement

In this body of work, I am bridging a connection to wildlife with fantasized scenes between creature and person. These collage paintings playfully incorporate animals and insects, depicting my desire to become more connected to the natural world. Mankind's demand on natural resources is shrinking the earth's biodiversity hindering its fragile ability to replenish itself. The mere existence of these animals and insects fortify the planet, making it a stronger place. We need them. These spirit animals are our guardians. These latest works are my personal reflections of how I would like to be more connected to that which sustains us.

For these collage paintings, I have experimented and developed a specific technique that achieves a multi-dimensional surface. My process starts with a painted rendering of an image, some fabricated, some referenced from photographs of everyday scenes. I use a variety of materials: paint, charcoal, painted paper and canvas, and hand-made papers collected from all over the world. Applying the mixed mediums in multiple layers generates surfaces that are imbued with uncertainty and surprise, giving each painting a life of its own.

Selected Exhibitions

Playdate with my Spirit Animal, Boston Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

Spring Valentine, Era Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Gaze, Arts to Hearts Project, online exhibition
Curator: Svitlana Martynjuk

The New Pre-Raphaelites, Era Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Sacred Geometry: Phyllis Gorsen and Paula Cahill, HOT BED Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

LA Art Show, Gestalt Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Considering Others, Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

Seeking My Sanctuary: Anne Canfield, Phyllis Gorsen and Ekaterina Popova, ARTSPACE 1241, Philadelphia, PA

Home Sweet Home, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Strong Lines, Delaware Contemporary Museum, Wilmington, DE

Let's Connect, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Intersection, RH Gallery, Hockessin, DE

Into the Light, Benefit of the Rail Park, 990 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Bridgette Mayer

Small Beauties, Con Artist Collective, New York, NY
Curator: Era Contemporary

Circular, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

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

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


The Inspired Painter Podcast with Jessica Libor, Episode 46: Trying new art mediums and trusting yourself with Phyllis Gorsen, June 2021

"Sacred Geometry: Interview with Phyllis Gorsen and Paula Cahill", Create! Magazine, February 27, 2019

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