Paul Travis Phillips

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Paul Travis Phillips

Founding Artist

Paul Travis Phillips is a Winston-Salem based conceptually based artist and educator. Phillips’ work is about philosophy and the limits of language, both written and spoken. Phillips co-opts and subverts traditional sources of information such as books, articles, and notes to explore the nature of language as it relates to the search for knowledge and meaning. The resulting paintings, installations, videos, and resurfaced objects inhabit the space between this and that, here and there, confusion and understanding, inarticulate and nameable. The deconstructed nature of his pieces allows the viewer to venture as far as they are willing in a philosophical search for meaning.


Phillips earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has exhibited across North Carolina and in New York, including at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Ackland Art Museum and Duke University. Phillips has been an artist in residence at Milligan College and VCU Space and he frequently presents on his research and conceptually driven pursuits.