March 1, 2008

Phil Saxon opens new show at Monfort's Gallery

Phil Saxon and wife, Pam, right, at show's opening;
with Monfort's owners Ray and Miriam Hoyum

Monfort’s Fine Art Gallery is featuring new work by Racine artist Phil Saxon.

Saxon’s newest work is on display through March 15. Saxon uses a variety of media including ink, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor and gold leaf, as well as collage techniques, to create an image that uses texture and contrast to highlight specific focal points in every painting. His genre is almost entirely figurative expressionism focusing on people in various settings and themes.

“My paintings express self-discovery and self-disclosure," Saxon says. "Working in a series enables me to explore conceptual, compositional, and technical ideas while focusing on a specific theme. My intent is not to illustrate a particular idea or experience, but to express fragments of ideas and experiences."

Saxon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Milwaukee and his Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. He has shown in galleries in Southeast Wisconsin, Illinois and exhibits throughout the U.S., and his work is in many collections.

Monfort's, at 423 Main Street, features a new artist every month; this is the fourth time Saxon has been featured over the past five years.

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