"Art is my life, I'm not married, I have no children or pets, not even a plant. I live, breath and think art, I must paint everyday. I am a painter." explained artist Guy Stanley Philoche
Walking into the studio of artist Guy Stanley Philoche you are aware that you are entering a powerful environment.
Philoche is raw, open and disarming. His confidence as a painter is apparent. In his sunny, organized studio the usual cans of paint in a variety of earthy colors are displayed. Coffee cans packed with brushes of varying sizes are carefully but not neatly arranged for easy access. Plastic sheets on the wall and floor catch splatters of paint. Several boxes of Girl Scout cookies hint at the artist's vulnerable side. Philoche explains, "I am addicted to Girl Scout cookies and go through at least a box a day." Then graciously, he offers one.
His palette is strong and sophisticated. Blocks of color are contained within thick black lines, which give a geometric grid to his work. At the same time complimentary colors, add an elegant beauty. Philoche explains that each painting "depends on my mood on a particular day, if it's sunny and I'm feeling happy I may use pink but if I am having a particularly bad day my palette will have red or black, it all depends on my emotions." Guy describes his Untitled Series as "Rothko only sexier."
Philoche's latest series, Game is inspired by joyful childhood memories with his family. "Every Sunday we gathered for dinner." Afterwards, the board games came out. As Guy explains; "when playing monopoly there were many "side deals" exchange of monies and ideas, these were fun, bonding times." In the Game series the canvases are made to look worn, well used, right down to teeth marks. To achieve this look Guy uses a distressed color palette and textures the canvases with dents, cracks and tears. The goal is to evoke nostalgia, warm memories of shared times with friends and family.
Guy Stanly Philoche lives and paints in New York City
. His works are in the collections of numerous corporations; Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and Barclay Investments Inc., as well as the private collections of celebrities including; Uma Thurman
and George Clooney
"Menopoly" series by Guy Stanley Philoche. (Courtesy Photo)