Joel Daniel Phillips is an American artist whose work focuses on the tenets of classical draftsmanship employed in monumental formats. Inspired by the depth and breadth of human experience, he strives to tell the personal and societal histories etched in the world around him. The focus of his work centers on questions of truth, historical amnesia, and the veracity of the stories we tell ourselves within our communal narrative and our collective pasts. The drawings are re-contextualizations of archival historical material, and walk the line between describing a shared, forgotten history and prophesying a terrifying, Orwellian future.


Phillips’ work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries across the United States as well as abroad, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, The Art Museum of South Texas, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum of Art, and the Ackland Art Museum, among others. In 2016 he was the 3rd prize recipient in the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and in 2019 he was again a finalist for the same prize. The artist is currently a Fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Phillips’ drawings can be found in the public collections of the Ackland Art Museum, the Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art, the West Collection, the Gilcrease Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum.


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12.11.18 / San Francisco Chronicle, “Potent drawings of atomic bomb test walk line between beauty and terror”

12.01.18 / Juxtapoz Magazine, “Joel Daniel Phillips Delves into the Aftermath of Nuclear Testing in His New Series “Hazards May Be Present””

11.29.18 / Fine Art Connoisseur, “Hazards May Be Present: The Ongoing Impact of One Event”

07.05.18 / Booooooom, ““It Felt Like The Future Was Now” by Artist Joel Daniel Phillips”



10.12.17 / Fine Art Connoisseur, “Welcome to the Orange West”

10.01.17 / Nashville Arts Magazine, “Joel Daniel Phillips: Welcome to the Orange West”



05.25.16 / Artsy, "Joel Daniel Phillips’ Disarming Portraits Look at the Frayed Edge of San Francisco’s Social Fabric"

05.05.16 / Hi-Fructose Magazine, "Joel Daniel Phillips Debuts New Life-size Portraits of Local Outsiders"

05.05.16 / Juxtapoz Magazine, "Joel Daniel Phillips "Belongings" @ Hashimoto Contemporary" 

03.21.16 / Smithsonian Magazine, “Every Three Years, Artists Compete to Be On View at the National Portrait Gallery. Here Are the Winners”

03.11.16 / Washington Post, “The National Portrait Gallery announces winners of the Outwin 2016 Competition”

03.05.16 / BBC News, “New faces in the US National Portrait Gallery”



08.01.15 / Drawing Magazine, Fall 2015, New and Notable: Joel Daniel Phillips

04.24.15 / Hi-Fructose Magazine, "Joel Daniel Phillips' Provoking Life-size Portraits"

04.22.15 / The Huffington Post, "Hyperrealistic Drawings Ask Viewers To Take A Closer Look At Homeless Communities"

04.20.15 / Juxtapoz Magazine, "Powerful Portraits: Joel Daniel Phillips"

03.01.15 / Fine Art Connoisseur, "Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch," March-April 2015



12.01.14 / New American Paintings, Pacifc Coast Issue #115

07.01.14 / Let Petit Voyeur, Issue 02

09.14.14 / SF Art Enthusiast, “Joel Daniel Phillips “I Am Another Yourself” at Hashimoto Contemporary”

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09.04.14 / The San Francisco Bay Guardian



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09.14.13/ Exhibition-ism



10.23.12/ Twofold Magazine

10.18.12/ Juxtapoz Magazine, “Joel Daniel Phillips ‘No Regrets in Life’“

09.21.12/ Empty Kingdom

05.22.12 / The Huffington Post, “No Regrets In Life’: Joel Daniel Phillips Exhibit Captures Mid-Market’s Homeless Residents”

05.11.12 / The Bold Italic

05.11.12 / The San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Sketching Sixth Street: Joel Daniel Phillips Renders the Unseen”