New Artist Spotlight: Salvaged Wood Artist, Brian Phillips

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Local artist, Brian Phillips mainly uses salvaged wood and other salvaged items in his work. He brings the salvaged wood home, cleans it up, separates the pieces and uses them to build ‘Salvaged wood canvases’ that he paints on later. Brian’s work is mainly silhouettes of different subject matter ranging from Armadillos to cowboys, guitars to bottles but he also does abstract and abstract landscapes. His collection is whimsical, yet strong, and includes small art pieces that are accessible to most buyers, including beginning collectors.

Let’s learn more about Brian and his work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I’ve been creating art since I was a child. My mom (who raised 4 kids by herself — I am the youngest) always tells people that the only way she could keep me quiet was by handing me a drawing pad and crayons. I rediscovered art when I was 21 for therapeutic reasons and haven’t looked back. I’ve been a full time artist since 2011.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
Steel. Probably welding salvaged items into unique but useful items/lawn art.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
My wife, Cynthia and I enjoy hanging out on our back porch, usually listening to some classic country and enjoying a cold beer (or wine in her case) and firing up the fire pit when the weather is right for it.

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What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
Meeting so many new people that are appreciative of the arts. I’m nervous about my first year, but in a good way for sure. I want to bring my A-game and see how the crowds respond.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
Not exactly a “Dollar” but when I was in 7th grade, I was drawing some of my favorite wrestlers “The Road Warriors” and a lady who was staying at the same place as me and my mom asked if she could take it and show it to her friend. I said sure and she took it to her friend who was the daughter of the wrestling promoter Fred Ward in Columbus, GA. The next week I got a call asking if they could print my drawings in the wrestling event programs. My first and only question was “Can I get in for free?” and the deal was made. I got into matches for letting them use my drawings for the next few years and met and saw some of my favorite wrestlers Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, The Road Warriors, Buzz Sawyer, Mr. Wrestling #2, Wahoo McDaniel, etc. This was one of the first times I realized art had some value. Some of my best childhood memories.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth — ha!)?
Dale Watson is always a winner.

brian phillips at armadillo christmas bazaar

Find Brian’s work in booth T-1