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Born in Columbia, South Carolina where his artistic endeavors began, artist Curtis Phillips from an early age excelled at painting and drawing. Throughout his childhood he was enrolled in various art and piano classes. Upon graduation, he enlisted at the University of South Carolina and subsequently received a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending art classes, he learned the art of printmaking from Professor Boyd Saunders. After college, Phillips took portrait lessons from Ted Gorka, a nationally renowned portrait painter known for the portrayal of the Mormon Church.


Deciding that some changes were necessary, the artist chose to move to Los Angeles to further his career. After one year and feeling disconnected with L.A. and decided to move back to his home state, South Carolina and taught art at a public school.  Feeling restless he relocated to New York City to further his  career and to perfect his skills. He stayed and trained in The Big Apple for  almost a year. “I learned more in my stay in New York City than at any other time in my career. That experience had a profound impact on my work.”

Phillips currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, an Abstract painter working in oil, watercolor, gouache, and pencil.  His artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States. 


Nature and people are the most used subjects for me. Nature has always inspired me. Spirituality and what that subject entails is awe inspiring. Subjects that really can't be understood by civilization intrigues me. Our limited knowledge as human beings and always questioning everything seems endless. Beliefs and habits and why all of society act a certain way motivates me on many levels. Science, the Ethereal, as well as Psychology are incorporated to certain works. Words and meanings often find their way into titles and explanations.




University of South Carolina   Bachelor of Arts


The River is Wide – The Gamble Gallery

New Works – Meggett Fine Art

Places – Magnolia Fine Arts

Journey’s End – Magnolia Fine Arts
Ann Long Fine Art 
Kershaw County Fine Arts Center 

Hilton Head Recreation Center


Aiken County Museum of Art

Pickens County Museum of Art

Sumter Gallery of Art

Marion County Museum of Art

Westminster Exhibitions – Los Angeles

Meggett Fine Art

Magnolia Fine Arts

Portfolio Art Gallery

Prince Art Gallery

Ann Long Fine Art 2002, 2005

Artfields  2016

Binya: Faces Ob de Gullah Geechie,

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC

Duality, Vista Studios Gallery 80808 

All Abstracts-311 Art Gallery


Coastal Discovery Museum

The University of South Carolina

Muzak, Columbia South Carolina

The Grill Restaurants

Image Resource Group


South Carolina National Bank

M Design and Development



The State Newspaper

South Carolina Home and Gardens

The Charleston Home Magazine

The LA Times

Better Homes and Beautiful Gardens

Southern Accents

Southern Living

Local Life Magazine, Hilton Head, S.C June 2023 

Screamer Magazine



Poetry International 


Vandernort Art Award – Best in Show

First Place Painting Division

– South Carolina State Fair

South Carolina Oil Painters Competition

– Second Place

Meggett Fine Art – Best in Show


The Art of Portrait Painting

– Mt. Pleasant Senior Center

Sea Scapes and Still Lifes

– Magnolia Fine Arts

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