Joel Phillips was born in Midland, Texas, and grew up drawing horses and cowboys. Later, his family moved to California, and his imagery began to include the vaquero and the missions.
Phillips attended Pepperdine University and studied under the noted California painters Joseph Piasentin and Avery Faulkner. Of this time, Phillips once said, “Since my professors worked in a much more abstract and expressionistic vein than I did, I feel I was really challenged daily and encouraged to be responsible for every choice and decision I make as a painter.” After graduating from Pepperdine, Phillips moved back to Texas to work on his uncle’s ranch. There, he began developing his unique manner of interpreting the American West.
He has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Abilene, Texas, and in a two-person exhibition at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum. Phillips also participates in numerous major Western art shows nationwide, including the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California and the Pasadena Historical Museum in California. He has been featured in magazines such as Art Talk and Art of the West.
Phillips lives in Agoura Hills, California, with his family.
Reference: artist publication