Smith was born in California and holds a BA and teaching credential from CSULB. Working in tandem with Lori Gross, Philip is also responsible for the Barbara Streisand Ark at USC Hillel.
Additionally, Philip had devoted many years to the creation and installation of public art, including Rotary Club International Centennial Park's "Planet walk", Hilltop Park in Signal Hill and "Rock Concert" at Legoland, CA. Philip began enameling in 2004. His work displayed in 3 local Kaiser Permanentes, White's Memorial Hospital in LA and St.
Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. His largest works are 2 curved panels installed in Republic Place in Washington DC. In 2008, Philip was a featured artist at "Artful Dining" presented by the Long Beach Museum of Art.
Sales from that show benefit the Long Beach Museum of Art. He received an Honorable Mention for "Ginko" in the All Media Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Recently he had one man shows at the Long Beach Playhouse and at Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.
Enameling is one of the oldest arts in history yet one of the least developed in terms of contemporary usage. Enamel is not paint: it is a thin coat of glass applied to a metal which, when heated to high temperatures, melts and becomes fused to the metal in much the same way as ceramic glazes adhere to pottery. Pure gold, silver and copper are traditionally the only metals that will work in the enameling process, although now there are enamels that can be fused to steel, brass and aluminum as well. My art is about the joy of discovery and transformation through vitreous enamel. Powdered glass is transformed into jewel-like copper tiles by heat, with often unpredictable results.
The tiles have a depth of color and texture that goes beyond the surface. Each tile responds to light and seems to glow from within as the light is reflected back to the viewer.
This reflection changes almost magically throughout the day as the light changes. When you move around the work, its appearance transforms as the light bounces back at different angles. Images from nature anchor the variety of color and texture while adding balance. It makes me happy just moving from one side of a work to the other watching the ever-changing play of light and color. I make objects that are simply beautiful, encouraging the viewer to bask in the beauty of the entire work, as well as its parts and experiences the piece through light and time.This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "planty99" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada. Smith