Prime Ultram, Oil on linen, 60" x  62"  

JAMES HART

Ideal was born in Southern New Mexico and now has duel residence in Santa Fe and New York City.  She received her MFA in Painting at the University of California (Berkeley).  Her work has been in numerous private, corporate, and museum exhibitions and collections: Newport Harbor Art Museum, LA, CA; Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM;  Anderson Museum of Contemporary Arts, Roswell, NM;  Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; White and Case Law Firm; Prudential Insurance Collection; Crocker National Bank; Skidmore, Owing and Merrill; and Bank of Rome.   She has had 20 solo shows, including the MH de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA ; Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA;  Klein Art Works, Chicago, Illinois; Rosenberg and Kaufmann in NYC; Painting Center, NYC; Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, and most recently David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe and NYC.  
She is an elected member of American Abstract Artists and has a print in the American Abstract Artist’s 75 Anniversary Print Portfolio 2012 held in the Library of the Museum of Modern Art (Special Collections); Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New York Public Library and the The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.  She is represented by David Richard Gallery in Harlem, NY.  

Pink Power, Acrylic, Collage, Resin and Spray Paint on Canvas  2017 40" x 30"

Phillis Ideal’s work is about the materiality of paint which represents a wide range of abstraction: layers of transparent and thick, brushed and sprayed paint; collaged fragments imbedded in medium; xeroxed rasta dots, computer graphics, shards of other drawings; as well as, large gestural brush strokes.  Ideal draws on different styles of image making from Modernism to Abstract Expressionism and Color Field to Minimalism and beyond to create her own language. Her studio practice underscores a playful and imaginative setting in which many moods, techniques and art history can coexist, referencing the vastness of the operations of abstraction. ​​

Larry Bob Phillips has developed a highly charged graphic style that marries the rich pictorial traditions of western art with graphic strategies of comics op art and psychedelia. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, painted over a dozen murals for clients such as the City of Albuquerque, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and for a private collector in Marfa, TX.


Born in Canyon, Texas; he received his undergraduate degree at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2003. While maintaining a rigorous studio practice, he opened an art gallery, taught drawing and art history, and renovated multiple properties. 2018 Phillips was asked to become the Director of the Roswell Artist in Residence where he now lives with his wife, photographer Tamara Zibners, and one-year-old son Henry.

The nature of perception through pattern recognition and the phenomenology of light are the center of James Hart’s artistic practice.  Through carefully crafted and composed paintings, James creates work which challenges pattern recognition and pure sight.  He has developed a type of human-based algorithmic field painting which is both highly structured and simultaneously gestural.


Hart was formally trained in photography, receiving his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop, SUNY Buffalo in Rochester New York in 1981.  His formal education in photography has formed the basis for his work with painting.  He has been shown nationally in over 50 exhibitions and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Graham Collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been reviewed in many publications and his work was included in New American Painter. James Hart is also the founder and director of Phil Space, a gallery representing Santa Fe’s emerging and legacy artists.

PHILLIS IDEAL 

Fagment, Ink on Paper, 2019 27" x 30"  

LARRY BOB PHILLIPS