Phil Padwe

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I was born in Texas and raised in New York. I received a BA in English with a concentration in Poetry from SUNY Purchase and am currently an MFA candidate at The New York Academy of Art. I am a former student of The Art Students League and completed a yearlong independent study of Old Master drawings at The British Museum in 2015.

 

There is a duality in me that's reflected in the work: Catholic (by blood) and Jewish (by adoption); Texan (by birth) and New Yorker (since birth). I received my Irish citizenship in 2019 but am thoroughly American. I mine highbrow and lowbrow aesthetics equally and earnestly. I realize the language of art exists to give utterance to ideas and responses which verbiage often obscures; to make manifest our inner explorations, and to leave as testament for the sake of posterity.

 

My recent drawings and paintings are a self-portraiture-based investigation of meaningfulness, inconsequentiality, and memory. I enjoy the marriage of apparent opposites and the challenge of reconciling mutually exclusive ideas and styles. I often use humor as the long lens through which to view, and ultimately accept, an obsessive desire to remain in a constant state of inquiry.

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2021       Academy Scholar, New York Academy of Art

               Gally Mayer Patrons Scholar Award, New York Academy of Art

               Trustee Scholarship, New York Academy of Art

2020       Academy Scholar, New York Academy of Art

EXHIBITIONS:

 

2021         Treading Lightly, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

                 MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

                 Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art

2020         Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, Online

                 Paralells, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

                 Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, Online

                 Take Home A Nude, New York Academy of Art

                 Spaces, New York Academy of Art

2019         Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

                 Fluidity, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2018         Watercolors, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

                 Anatomical Drawing, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2017         Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, New York, NY

                 Spring Art Exhibition, Wix Lounge Chelsea, New York, NY

2013         Swipe Magazine Artists, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2010         Swipe!, 25 CPW Gallery, New York, NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

• Sotheby's - "New York Academy of Art’s Virtual Tribeca Ball Honors Eric Fischl" April 1, 2021

• Juxtapoz Magazine - "Art in Uncertain Times" April 10, 2020

• WYNC radio, “Guards and Artists” The Leonard Lopate Show March 25, 2010.

• NPR Morning Edition, Margot Adler, ”Museum Guards Swipe The Spotlight” March 22, 2010

• New York Times, "Hoping to Graduate From Guards to Gauguins" March 5, 2010 

EDUCATION:

 

2021         New York Academy of Art

                 Masters of Fine Art, Drawing (expected)

1999         SUNY Purchase

                 Bachelor's Degree, English

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