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, Phillips chose to move to Los Angeles to further his career. After one year, he felt disconnected with L.A. and decided to move back to his home state, South Carolina and taught art at a public school. The artist then moved to New York City to further his endeavor and to challenge and perfect his skills. He stayed and trained in New York for seven months. “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. Poetry is written for specific works. The visual or literary arts are analogous. Poems are signed, dated and titled and accompany that work of art. His artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.




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 2002
Kershaw County Fine Arts Center 2017



Aiken County Museum of Art

Pickens County Museum of Art

Sumter Gallery of Art

Marion County Museum of Art

Westminister Exhibitions – Los Angeles

Meggett Fine Art

Magnolia Fine Arts

Portfolio Art Gallery

Prince Art Gallery

Ann Long Fine Art 2002, 2005

Artfields 2016

311 Gallery(Raleigh,NC) All Abstract 3-25-21


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


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