Philip Rosenthal, Paintings
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F. A. Q. s

Q:    What do the canaries mean?

A:     Canaries on the paintings represent relationships and issues tangential or peripheral to painting.
   
The unseen real world, which casts shadows on Plato’s cave wall, can only be glimpsed through a lens of       canaries.

The canary is a sticker earned from Teacher for good effort.

The canary image is a formulaic icon denoting a sacred, ideal plane.

The canary is a complicated expressionist brush stroke equipped with an eye (which returns the gaze).

The canary is a reference point of emotional scale just as a climber seen on a mountainside serves as an indicator of physical scale.

The neutral, inscrutable canary induces a classic Freudian transference, allowing the viewer to discharge repressed psychic energy toward the therapeutic stand-in.

The canary is a device of ritual as well as formal utility - a cross between a rabbit’s foot and a Swiss army knife.

The first canary represents you looking at my painting. The second one represents me looking at you
looking.

In Hebrew prayers the word for God is not said out loud; a standard substitute word is pronounced each time the word God is read. Like the standard substitute word, the canaries are a stand-in - perhaps for what is not seen or should not be painted.

The painted canary on a landscape, a simple figure ground relationship, is a paradigm of maximum effect from minimum means. The human capacity for recognition is the only leverage that need be applied.

They are hex distlefinks.

They are pets, which are a metaphor for a perfect relationship based on total misunderstanding; needs coincide, every expectation seemingly fulfilled because communication is rudimentary or nonexistent.

The canary is a kōan

Q:     Why don’t the canaries have legs?

A:      Because they are paintings of canaries not real canaries.






PHILIP ROSENTHAL

plrosenthal@gmail.com


• EDUCATION:
Tyler School of Art of Temple University                BFA, Painting 1975
Tyler School of Art in Rome                                  1973-1974
                                   

• HONORS, AWARDS:
Finalist, Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Award, 2012-2014
Merit Award, Beasts on Broadway,
Santa Cruz Art League, 2009, Juror: George Rivera
First Place, SOLA Show 2006, Art21 Gallery, Palo Alto, 2006, Juror: Marian Parmenter
Award of Distinction, My California: Views from the Golden State, National Steinbeck Center, 2005, Juror: Nathan Oliveira
Best of Show, 68th Annual Statewide  Exhibition,  Santa Cruz Art League, 1998, Juror: Kathleen Moodie
First Prize, 24th Annual All Two-Dimensional Competition, San Jose Art League, 1997, Juror: Kelly Detweiler
Honorable Mention, 13th Annual Juried Show, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, 1997, Juror: Harry F. Roche
Best of Show, Perceptions of Earth and Sky, 1870 Gallery, Belmont, 1996, Juror: Marguerite Olson Fletcher
Merit Award, 63rd Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League, 1993, Juror: George Rivera
Best in Show (Grumbacher Medal), Ninth Annual Juried Exhibit, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, 1993, Juror: Michael Bell
Third Place, 21st Annual 2-D Competition, San Jose Art League, 1993, Juror: Philip Linares
Finalist, Santa Clara County Arts Council Grants to Individual Artists, 1992
Presenter, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Conference on Programs for Teenagers, Washington, DC,  1992
Merit Award, Images and Objects, ACCI Gallery, 1991, Jurors: Michael M. Floss and Agathe Bennich
Special Mention, National Art Round-Up, Las Vegas, 1979, Juror: Marcia Tucker


• GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES
California Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence, 1991-1994, 1995-1998
Cupertino Fine Arts Commission, 1992,
Arts Council of Santa Clara County, Arts Connect, 1990, 1994-1997
Montalvo Center For the Arts, 1989, 1986
Nantucket School of Art and Design, 1989
Blue Mountain Center, 1989
Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, 1989
Dorland Mountain Colony, 1985
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, 1977-1979
Ossabaw Island Project, 1977
Artists for Environment, 1976
Yaddo, 1977, 1976
Macdowell Colony, 1977
Hoffberger Fellow, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1977
Millay Colony for the Arts, 1976
Howard Foundation Grant Nomination by Yaddo Corporation, 1976


• SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA 2008 and 2012
d. p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 1998
d. p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 1994
Wilder Gallery, Los Gatos, California, 1992
Chelsea Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1989
Owen Gallery, University of North Carolina, 1989
Walker Arts Center, Asheville, North Carolina, 1987
Art Space, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1984
Arts Council of Franklin County, Osgood Street Installation, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1983
Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1978, 1979



• GROUP  EXHIBITIONS
Winter Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2015
Sandra Lee Triennial, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2014, Juror: DeWitt Cheng
Wet Paint, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, California, 2014, Juror: Hillary Gomes
Catamaran Artists, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, California, 2014 and 2013
Fresh Art, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, California, 2013, Juror: René de Guzman
Painting, Group Show, Triton Museum of Art, 2012
Beasts on Broadway,
Santa Cruz Art League, 2009, Juror: George Rivera
Millay Colony Alumni, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, New York, 2008
SOLA Show 2006, Art21 Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 2006
The Art of Painting, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California, 2006, Juror: George Rivera
Group Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, California, 2005
Cinq Not Sunk, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, California, 2005
My California: Views from the Golden State, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California, 2005, Juror: Nathan Oliveira
Group Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, California, 2004
The Object of My Obsession, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, California, 2004
Souvenirs: Reconstructing Bygones, HANG, San Francisco, California, 2004
One More Thing Before I Go, HANG, Palo Alto, California, 2003
Disturbances of the Field, HANG, Palo Alto, California, 2003
Seeing Red: Color Beyond the Pale, HANG, Palo Alto, California, 2002
Small Works, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2001
Arts on Fire 5, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, California, 2001
Love and Chaos, Alameda Artworks, San Jose, California, 2001
Space Odyssey, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2001
Tackling Masculinity, WORKS, San Jose, California, 2000
Evidence of Faith, San Jose Art League, San Jose, California, 2000
Santa Cruz Art League 68th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz, California, 1998
San Jose Art League 25th Annual Competition, San Jose, California, 1998
Works on Paper '98,  Koret Gallery,  Palo Alto, California, 1998
San Jose Art League 24th Annual Competition, San Jose, California, 1997
13th Annual Juried Show, Coastal Arts League Museum, Half Moon Bay, California, 1997
Bay Arts '96,  Belmont, California, 1996, Juror: George Rivera
Group Show,  d. p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 1996
Perceptions of Earth and Sky, 1870 Gallery and Studios, Belmont, California, 1996
California Dreaming..., The Bayfront Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1995, Juror: Philip E. Linhares
Small Works, d.p.Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 1994
63rd Annual Statewide Exhibition, Santa Cruz Art League, California, 1993, Juror: George Rivera
21st Annual 2-D Competition, San Jose Art League, California, 1993, Juror: Philip Linares
Ninth Annual Juried Exhibit, Coastal Art League, Half Moon Bay, California, 1993, Juror: Michael S. Bell
Spirited Canvases, d.p.Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 1993
d.p.Fong and Spratt Galleries, San Jose, California, 1993
San Jose Art League, Santa Clara County Arts Council Grant Finalists, California, 1992
8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Berkely Art Center Association, California, 1992
Images and Objects,, ACCI Gallery, Berkely, California, 1991
Bay Arts '91, Arts Council of San Mateo County, California, 1991, Juror: Erin Goodwin-Guerrero
ArtReach Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, 1990
I.O.U.  Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, 1988
Bay Arts '86, Arts Council of San Mateo County, California, 1986, Juror: Lynn Gumpert
Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1983, 1978, 1977
Doll House Retrospective, Los Angeles, 1983
Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, 1983
Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Albion College, Michigan, 1983
Seventh Doll House Invitational, 1980: Duke University, Indiana University, Middendorf/Lane Gallery, Washington D.C.
National Art Round-Up, Las Vegas Art Museum, 1979
Harkus Krakow Gallery, Boston, 1979
Nobe Gallery, New York City, 1979
Sixth Doll House Invitational, 1979: Ohio Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Indiana University
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 1978, 1979
Lake George Museum, New York, 1978
Webb and Parsons, Bedford Village, New York, 1976
Gallimaufry, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, 1973-1976

• COLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS WITH AND FOR CHILDREN AT RISK
Pinewood Painting Project, Gallery 9, Los Altos, California, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
EMQ Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal,  d.p.Fong Galleries, San Jose, California, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1994
EMQ Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal,  San Jose Art League, San Jose, California, 2000
From Our Hands, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California, 1998
EMQ Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal, Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, California 1998
Making Marks, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California, 1997
EMQ Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal plus Nova, Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, California, 1997
Inside (Out), WORKS, San Jose, California, 1976
EMQ Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal, Los Gatos Council Chambers, Los Gatos, California, 1995
Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose, California, 1992
Cupertino Public Library, Mural, Cupertino, California, 1992
Wilder Gallery, Los Gatos, California, 1992
Woodson Painting Project with Phil Rosenthal, YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, North Carolina, 1989
Afro-American Cultural Center, Presented by Spirit Square, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1988


• REPRODUCTIONS, REVIEWS:
Book Cover, The Occasionist, by Curt Anderson 2014
Catamaran Literary Reader, Featured Artist, Summer 2013, Cover Artist, Spring 2014

New Pages, Literary Magazine Reviews, Summer 2013, New Pages link
Disquieting Muse, Featured Artist, Spring 2009
Monterey County Weekly, February 26, 2004, Monterey County Weekly link
San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Life, August 12, 2000
San Jose Mercury News, May 8, 1998
Los Gatos Weekly Times, December 30, 1992, November, 14, 1995
San Jose Mercury News, January 21,1994
Santa Cruz Spotlight Sentinel, August 20, 1993
Out 'n About, Asheville, North Carolina, May 18, 1989
Asheville Citizen Times, June 7, 1987
The Village Voice, June 4, 1979
The New York Times Magazine, October 1, 1972



• COLLECTIONS
John Cheever Estate        Lew Wolf                 Mr. and Mrs. Stevie Wonder
Charles Simon                 Sue Sproule              Ronald Brick Associates
Claude Brown                  Lisa Coscino            Norma Millay Estate
Lea Feinstein                  Shanna McBurney     Jill and Mike McCrystal
Tara Cottrell Wright                                       Sheila and John Banning


               
•REPRESENTATION
Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California
Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, California


Fields of Inquiry

Physicists have made the most progress because they ask the easiest question (what is it like to be an atom). Artists have made the least progress because they ask the hardest question (what is it like to be alive).

 

Artist Statement

Philip Rosenthal

 

In 1975, while on an ice climbing trip to the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, I learned that the indigenous high altitude farmers I met on my way to the peaks gave unique names to almost every rock and boulder within their eye line. This struck me as astonishing in an area with thousands of such stones. That probably was the moment it first began to dawn on me that people do not simply coexist with their environment, they socialize with it. My paintings are an examination of the way each of us reflexively finds intentionality in our surroundings and form attachments with the animate and inanimate alike. In my work I speculate about the effects these relationships have on perception. Most people who have ever camped by a waterfall seldom do so again. The aural illusion of voices, whispers and cries one invariably starts to hear in the water noises are universally disquieting. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which says we are often alone in a crowd, I believe that as self-domesticated hyper-social creatures, we are in a crowd even when alone.

In my paintings canaries (human-modified finches) represent the variety of, but not unlimited ways we are never completely by ourselves; how we see things through a screen of inherited ideas and wishes.





















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