“What is most satisfying to me is when life is integrated; when your lovemaking and your painting, your friendships, your experience with nature, your travels, all in some sense, come together. And they come together in your own being. So that when you breathe, you breathe your sexuality. You breathe your painting. You breathe friendship. And so, there is a sense of wholeness.” —John Ransom Phillips
Georges Bergés is pleased to announce Beyond Nature, a solo exhibition of paintings by John Ransom Phillips. Blurring the line between worlds, these canvases capture the viewer with the visceral immediacy of paint on canvas, taking us on a metaphysical journey layered with narrative, history and universal themes of love, sex, death and intimacy. The provocative, imaginative pictorial language of Phillips reveals an existential authenticity that is rarely seen in the art world today. Phillips is a consummate colorist, and much of the powerful emotion conveyed by his paintings is carried a palette of warm and cool color, color full of life, bold happy, silly, flirtatious, but also tragic and on occasion violent. The configurations of space are equally brilliant, and no two the same. Paintings like Bed of Two Selves and Sleeping with God (Emily) disarm the viewer with their intimate clarity and intense color while Jiang Qing: Off Center swirls with cosmic energy as heads rise up floating, hearts sink down falling, and digits and members take on lives of their own.
Phillips’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, Cairo, Sao Paolo, Mexico, and Tokyo. Phillips is also the author of more than half a dozen plays, including Eve & Adam, Will & Teddy, Fatherless Sons, Mrs. President, and Mommy. His screenplay, Mrs. Mao, is currently being translated into French for eventual feature length production by Robin Roble and Topshot Films in Paris. Phillips graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D on the History of Culture. He has guest lectured and taught at Reed College and The University of California, Berkley. Phillips is exclusively represented globally by Georges Bergés Gallery.
The curator of Beyond Nature, Caroline Jerome, is founder of Design Confederation. Her work as a designer and consultant involves her with projects for clients that include Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production Fund and Pitch magazine. Caroline has been an ardent supporter of John Ransom Phillips and his work since they first met in 2002. She continues to collaborate closely with the artist producing books, exhibitions and special projects.