Abstract Artist: Philip DeAngelo
Medium: Mixed Media
I believe in a God who is in love with beauty. I am continually amazed by His creation and how the master artist constantly changes His palette. This perspective, has led to my obsession with color and texture. More often than not, the main focal point for my paintings originate from my first glimpse of a tree, barn or other things that catch my eye in the everyday landscape. It is that abstracted image we see out of the corner of our eye, before turning our head to take in the details that I am trying to capture. I then break down the raw image into simplified forms that focus on basic shapes and vibrant colors.
Phil is a lifelong artist who has been involved in just about every aspect of the fine art marketplace. In 1997 he opened Sagemore Gallery in Ocean City, NJ and became one of the first galleries to successfully sell artwork over the internet. The gallery catered to both local art lovers and tourists with a passion for beach culture. Over the next 12 years Phil worked to promote local artists and also served on the board of directors for the local arts center helping to start new arts programs within the community. He is also the founder and president of Surfing Artists International (SAI) which represents artists whose work (including his own) is now being distributed to more than 60 countries worldwide. Phil and his wife, Tina, moved to Asheville in 2008 after discovering the vibrant arts community and the incredible beauty of the surrounding mountains. His current studio in the old Wedge building is located in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Phil DeAngelo is known for his rich palette, depth of color and the textural element of his paintings. Using a variety of substrates, his subject is often an uncluttered landscape, where it is the form of the trees, combined with the mood set by the sky and the movement created by wind that convey his message. His work frequently strikes the viewer initially as light-hearted. However, beneath the surface, DeAngelo’s paintings also address man’s relationship with the universe, but from his own perspective as a Christian, usually concerned with the human instinct to connect with the Divine and with one another. He “believes in a God who is in love with beauty”, a view that usually lends his work an uplifting spirit not lost on his viewers. His art is loved by many as it conveys the same positive spirit that he himself brings to his work and his craft every day. [John Horrocks, Owner BlackBird Gallery, Asheville]