Philip Carpenter

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Medium: Colored Pencil drawings

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Making color pencil drawings replaced painting for me fifteen years ago, but the processes are similar in that each drawing requires its own painterly invention to describe surfaces and to create effective illusions.  My interests sometimes wander as I am lured away by the pleasures of irony: combining pop culture icons with facsimiles of traditional works of art, the prosaic and the precious. But I always return to making portraits of ordinary things, mainly tools that seem to find me. I meticulously record the beauty of their wear as my way of knowing them physically while honoring their unknowable histories. The drawings combine my realist knack for detail with my minimalist sensibilities.