Denise Philipbar

Contact Information

Woodbridge, VA

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Mixed Media/Painting

Artist's Biography

Denise Philipbar is a painter and installation artist who blends the power of nature with her understanding of science and technology. Working with topics such as the panopticon as metaphor or how technology and nature collide, her installations ask viewers to question how they interact with their own experiences in our current technological landscape. Her paintings explore the formal aspects in the two dimensional plane through abstraction and process disregarding any direct references to subject matter.

Philipbar learned to paint at the Art Students League of Denver after completing a bachelors and a masters in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Artist's Statement

My work is insatiable curiosity manifest in visual form. Questions inspired by science,mathematics, philosophy, and humanity for which I have no answers form the basis of my art. I approach these investigations through explorations in painting, installation and social art.

I paint in oil and mixed media, and consider the works as an ongoing conversation with myself. Abstract, and heavily influenced by physics and mathematics, the current series is inspired by projective geometry where I explore the concept of directionality, scale, and dimension in the traditional painting plane. Whereas these paintings are doodles on the indefiniteness of reality, my installations are musings on our interactions with the technology we create. For these installations, I mostly use found objects such as test tubes or surveillance cameras that I assemble and modify into site specific large scale works. Some of the installations are also social art projects that are constructed of objects that I hand craft or that I have manufactured for me and then alter to my specifications. Sometimes I pose questions to a population and let the responses become the art - as directly as binding the responses into a book. Because my social art projects grow out of thoughts that are inspired by the way we interact directly with each other.

My background in mathematics and science leads me to wonder where we are heading with technology, what we will find, and how we will react. My art, in the form of inquiry, only leads me to more questions, but that’s a good place for me since the journey is the goal.

Selected Exhibitions



Divided Dimensions, Oakview National Bank, Marshal, VA

Fragmented Reality, Blick Art Materials, Philadelphia, PA

Conscious Evolution, Fisher Gallery at the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA

deNatured, Gallery 224 and Rosenwald Wolfe Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Around and About, Pearson Square Apartments, Falls Church, VA

Variety is Spicy, Allspice Cafe, Arlington, VA

Scapes, Burke and Herbert Bank, Falls Church, VA

A Look to the Future, Park Avenue Gallery, Falls Church, VA

Primal Intuitions, Earth, Spin & Fire, Florence, CO

Within the Foreground, Rosewald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Making It, Hamilton and Arronson Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to Wonderland, artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD

Neuro-Diversity Project, Studio 4, Old Town, Alexandria, VA

4 Equality: A Show of Pride 2013 (Benefiting Fairfax Pride), Studio 4, Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Studio 4 Artists, Vulcan Gallery, Lorton, VA

Incarceration: Visions of Confinement, McGuire Woods Gallery: SoloSpace, Lorton, VA

Exhibition with the Artists in Residence from the Kunstverein Mecklenburg Inspiriert Residency, Kunsthalle Ostseebad Kühlungsborn, Kühlungsborn, Germany

All at Once, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Painting Ain’t Dead, Gallery 817, Philadelphia, PA

The Italian Way: A Response to Italian Arts & Culture, Gallery 224, Philadelphia, PA

Work in Progress, Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia, PA

WIP, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artomatic 2009, Washington, DC

All Media Juried Show, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

Sensazione, Awaken the Senses, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA

Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Paint Our Town, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Artists from Artists on Santa Fe Gallery, Boetcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO

Artist's Bibliography

Robinson, E. Brady "Low-Residency MFA Programs," Professional Artists’ Magazine, August/September 2014

"Denise Philipbar’s Conscious Evolution," Intercom, June 3, 2013

Collum, James "Art, Arithmetic and Life: Meet Workhouse Artist Denise Philipbar," Lorton Patch, May 8, 2013

Ostsee Zeitung, Zehn Kuenstler aus fuenf Nationen stellen im Rahmen von “Mecklenburg Inspiriert” in der Kunsthalle aus

“West Collection: 6:6; Six Concurrent West Collection Exhibitions, Six Curatorial Teams From University of the Arts,” University of the Arts, August, 2011

Bedell Natalie "FIRSTfriday of F.C.’s New ArtALot, ‘Cruise-In’ Event Debuts Friday" Falls Church News Press, Falls Church, VA, May 5, 2010

Professional Experience

Visiting Critic, MFA-Studio Arts Program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010 - 2012
Instructor, Painting and Drawing, Falls Church Arts Foundation, Falls Church, VA

2002 - present
Private Instructor, Painting and Drawing

1999 - 2000
Instructor, Beginning Throwing on the Wheel, Roundtree Art Center, Denver, CO

Exhibitions Curated

6:6, Hyper-Space, West Collection, Oaks, PA
with Harry Hukkinen


Contemporary Art Center-Woodside, Troy, NY

Old Furnace Artist Residency, Harrisonburg, VA

Mecklenburg Inspiriert International Artist Residency, Kühlungsborn, Germany


University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Painting

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
MA, Mathematics

University of Colorado, Denver, CO
BS, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude