Joel Daniel Phillips

My work focuses primarily on portraiture at a monumental scale. I am fascinated by the intricacies and commonalities that we share as humans, and search for moments when our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible. I pursue ways to peel back the protective veils that we all display to outside world, striving to capture the un-invented spontaneity of experience.

Central to this search is a focus on the significance of narrative in human existence. Our lives are not linear, with one instant leading solely into the next, but rather circular, with each experience formed and defined by others. A portrait functions in the same manner, teasing out emotions and truths that inform not only the particular instant captured, but more importantly the narrative leading up to it.

A true portrait is far more than a rendering of physical form—it is the capturing of the vulnerable, un-invented narratives that make us human. Seeing and understanding these is my ultimate goal. – Joel Daniel Phillips


Belongings, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Repose, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo Norway

I Am Another Yourself, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

No Regrets In Life, Satellite 66, San Francisco, CA


The New Vanguard, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster CA
Outwin Boochever Portrait Exhibition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
MFA Never, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco CA
Art Pow! Wow!, Honolulu School Museum of Art, Honolulu HI
Supersonic Electronic Invitational V, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CA

Miami Project, Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami MI
Front Yard / Backstreet, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Invisible College, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Forte Wayne, IN
Manifest:Justice, Task Force, Los Angeles, CA
Art Market San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Art on Paper Fair, Hashimoto Contemporary, New York, NY
Supersonic Electronic Invitational IV, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Scope Art Fair Miami, Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami, FL
Art Market San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
EK Invitational, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Moleskin Project III, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bad Dads: A Tribute to Wes Anderson, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
AMC’s The Walking Dead Gallery Show, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Califas, Group Invitational, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Art Market San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Scorcese: an art show tribute, Group Invitational, Spoke Art Gallery/Bold Hype Gallery, New York, NY
ReCreate ATX, Group Invitational, Hope Outdoor Gallery, Austin, TX
Gallery Crawl NightLife, Pop-up Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Journeys: Westmont Artist’s Alumni Invitational, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2 Blocks of Art, Group Invitational, Urban Solutions, San Francisco, CA
Street Level, Group Invitational, Ogilvy & Mather, San Francisco, CA

5×5: An Invitational, Group Invitational, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Views and Visions: Travelers, Juried Exhibition, Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Impulse, Group Exhibition, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY
Time, Group Exhibition, Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


Fine Art Connoisseur, “Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch” March-April
The Huffington Post, “Hyperrealistic Drawings Ask Viewers To Take A Closer Look At Homeless Communities”, Spring
Juxtapoz, “Powerful Portraits: Joel Daniel Phillips”, Spring
Hi-Fructose, “Joel Daniel Phillips’ Provoking Life-size Portraits” Spring
Graffiti Art Magazine, “From realism to hyperrealism” #26, Summer

New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Issue #115, Fall
Let Petit Voyuer, Issue 02, Summer
San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Joel Daniel Phillips illustrates the overlooked in ‘I Am Another Yourself’, Fall

Juxtapoz, ‘Joel Daniel Phillips, No Regrets In Life’, Fall
San Francisco Bay Guardian, ‘Sketching Sixth Street: In new show, Joel Phillips renders the unseen’, Summer
The Huffington Post, ‘No Regrets In Life’: Joel Daniel Phillips Exhibit Captures Mid-Market’s Homeless Residents’, Summer
The Bold Italic, ‘No Regrets at Sixth and Market”, Summer

The Phoenix, “You Must Come From An Honorable Family” Spring


Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa OK

National Portrait Gallery, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Palo Alto Art Center Residency Grant, Palo Alto CA

Helene Wurlizter Foundation Residency Grant, Taos NM


3rd Prize, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, March 2016
Tom Anderson Art Award, Westmont College, 2010/2011
Ludington-Parshall Art Award, Santa Barbara Art Association, 2009/2010
Wes Nishamura Memorial Art Scholarship, Westmont College, 2008/2009

West Collection, Oaks, PA


Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2011, Bachelor of Arts – Major in Fine Art, Graphics Emphasis
New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY, September 2009 – December 2009

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