Philip Smiley’s work is inspired by the conflicts of his rural American upbringing in the mountains of Virginia and his present urban setting.
The result creates a third space where nature morphs into strange anatomical and embryonic visions. The narratives and sub-narratives are excruciatingly woven through a web of obsessive detail some suggesting the boredom and isolation of unpopulated physical and mental space, while others create perverse meetings of nature and human interaction.
Through the creation of these Philip Smiley builds elaborate images of extraordinary detail and inner portent which seem to appeal and yet unsettle the viewer.
Philip was born in Hawaii in 1976. He studied his MA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York.