Artist on File: JODI PHILLIPS
This month our featured artist is Jodi Phillips, who was recently interviewed by Denise Bowser.
Bewildering beauty in Jodi Phillips cityscapes
Large and heavily textured, Jodi’s cityscapes immediately captured my attention when I first flicked through this year’s Open Studios catalogue. In person they didn’t let me down.
Simultaneously calm and aggressive, her semi-abstract cityscapes depict characteristics of most big metropolis: impersonality through repetition and lack of clear definition of shape on her skyscrapers on middle ground in front of a choice of neutral colours for skies in the background and compounded with the bustling and enigmatic appeal of big cities, shown via very appealing transparencies in the foreground.
Other subjects that capture Jodi’s imagination, and that are topics of her work, are dance and The Big Bang (yes, that so-called beginning of all things???!!!), themes of many of her paintings.
Travelling the world
Jodi’s works have been sold in the USA, Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Morocco, Holland and the UK, among other countries. Her international reputation started at Autumn Fair 2000 when she launched her first two giclee prints, quickly spotted by John Lewis who instantly commissioned her for a further eight originals to be sold as prints at their Oxford Street store. In addition, she has completed commissions for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Tyco Electronics, the Prince’s Trust and many private clients.
The artist has also worked closely with some key digital image companies including Epson, Canon, Fuji Hunt, Hahnemuhle, Wacom and Adobe. In 2002 she was awarded Highly Commended in the Gift of the Year Award for one of her limited editions of Hand Embellished Giclee prints.
The attraction of abstract art
Following a versatile trajectory of 12 years in graphic design where her work swung from product packaging to corporate design, in 1997 Jodi discovered freedom in abstract art. Her path was to change decisively from then on.
After a few small exhibitions and with the help of business advisers, in 1999 she put together a business plan and presented it to The Prince’s Trust. Next, funding for her project was approved. This was then the birth of her company Inner Sanctum Design.
Versatility of medium
Beside works on large canvases, Jodi also uses an untraditional range of mediums to present her art: from prints on mugs to hand painted pairs of jeans, in addition to fabrics and ceramics. With an easy to navigate website, she’s definitely equally competent and successful both as an artist and as a business woman.
See more of her work on the HVAF website gallery and at www.jodiphillips.com