Philip Campbell Curtis is called a surrealist or magic realism painter. His difficult to categorize, vibrantly colored works leaves the viewer playfully with more questions than answers. The imaginary scenes he created blend the desert landscape of Arizona with memories of growing up in Victorian era Jackson, Michigan. Each painting tells a story and invites the viewer to enter an imaginary world where his dreams and his imagination met.
Phoenix Art Museum reopens The Ullman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis on the first floor of the Museum’s North Wing. The reinvigorated gallery opened on October 23, 2021 and is dedicated to featuring the works of Philip C. Curtis, the Arizona-based artist who founded the Phoenix Federal Art Center, the first iteration of Phoenix Art Museum.
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