Timothy F. Phillips’ naïve style paintings reflect the artist’s fascination with the simplicity of beauty in the world. Using brilliant, saturated colors, rather than more subtle mixtures and tones, the artist gives the false impression of childlike simplicity in execution and vision. Though we can easily identify objects on the painting’s plane such as houses and birds, there is a feeling of absence in perspective, which creates the illusion that these objects are floating in the painting’s space. Like other naïve artists before him, such as André Bauchant and Henri Rousseau, Phillips is seeking to get away from what he sees as the insincere sophistication of art created within the traditional system, and to present a playful, colorful, dreamlike reality. Each painting has a meaning; a memory, a favorite place the artist may have visited in childhood, or simply a gaze into the distance.
Timothy F. Phillips’ works have been purchased by private collectors and exhibited in several galleries throughout the United States.