Phyllis Anderson




    Born 1956 Camden, NJ; raised in Blackwood and Cherry Hill, NJ

    Classes at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Moore College of Art

    BFA in painting, 1981, University of Texas; worked in oil and encaustic, featuring text;

             winner of juried Ford Foundation Grant to study art history in Italy for 6 weeks

           From 1981 to 1983 - juried shows and invitational 3-man show in Austin, TX

    Moved to Hoboken, NJ, 1983 – set up loft studio; painted large landscapes; fellow artists unite to win                       

             compensation from developer when lofts are sold to be converted to luxury condos

    Worked for Judith Selkowitz at Art Advisory Services in New York City

    Moves to Jersey City, 1985; Classes at Art Students League with Rudolph Baranik

    Daughter Alena is born, 1986; changes from oils to acrylics; begins series of large

             still life paintings with 3-step process

    Son Roy is born, 1989 – discontinues painting, lack of time, money, work space

    Moves to Haddon Heights, NJ, 1990; raises family; studies graphic design at Camden County Tech 1995;     

             works part time 1996 to present at Robert Michael Communications, in Voorhees, NJ

    Returns to painting in home studio 2003 and begins again with 3-step process developed in Jersey City

    Invited to show paintings at Caribou Café in Philadelphia, 2004 to present

    2012 begins abstract studies


With early influences Marsden Harley, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Max Beckman, I became interested in thick surface and strong line.  I developed a “brutal” style to depict delicate, even sentimental subject matter, using a layered, ‘historic’ surface. The subject is sandwiched between the built-up, scarred surface and the layers of glazing.  Sometimes the “brutality” is only hinted at; other times it brings a kind of energy to the composition.  Occasionally the glazes obscure the image altogether. My interest in surface and process eventually led me to abstraction, and I began studies influenced by Robert Ryman, Cy Twombley and Joan Mitchell.