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Jonathan McPhillips

by Informed Collector on 4/19/2017 9:29:26 AM

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Jonathan McPhillips


Oil 12 x 16

Back of the House by Jonathan McPhillips was selected as FAV 15% in the February 2017 BoldBrush Painting Competition.




"What compels me to paint? Without question, I was fortunate to have some amount of innate ability to create as a child. Perhaps the mystery ends there, as since early adulthood, creating art has been a constant in my life. After collegiate studies in modern techniques with traditional influences, I have found my focus in “contemporary impressionism”, a form of realism and painterly expression. For me, each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together...a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our environment. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has somehow captivated a friend or a stranger. Whether the emotion I evoke leads to a purchase, a new workshop participant, or just an extended pause on a gallery browse, it is truly inspiring to know that my interpretations on canvas can be a positive force for others. Maybe that is why I paint. In a world of overt connectivity and brutal digital clarity, painting retains a sense of mystery for us all...a bit of magic...unspoken and unwritten threads connecting our hearts and minds. Through my paintings and instruction, I intend to connect as many threads as I can, for as long as I can"


Jonathan graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Jonathan’s artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment.


Jonathan received juried acceptance into The American Impressionist Society National shows 2013 and 2014.  He has also participated in national jury selection shows in Scottsdale AZ, San Antonio, TX, and Jackson Hole, WY. In 2012, he was honored with the first place award at the Salmagundi Club, NY for his entry in the "Noble Nocturn" exhibition. Jonathan is also honored to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program in 2006, which expanded his work to an international audience in several U.S. embassies around the globe.

Jonathan periodically arranges workshops and courses in oil painting.  His artistic journey can easily be followed through social media and e-newsletters, as well as his blog and website. Video samples of selected works in progress are also available, and have been especially popular among his collectors and fans.


Education 1989 - 1993 Connecticut College New London, Connecticut

BFA Cum Laude with Distinction in Studio Art



Recent awards and accomplishments include:

  • The Museum Purchase Award, Mystic Seaport, International Exhibition, 2015
  • "Best Sense of Mystery" Award, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA 2015
  • The Boldbrush Award, Fine Art Studios Online competition, September, 2015


Teaching and Demonstration Affiliations:

  • Palmetto Bluff/Montage Resorts, Bluffton, SC (workshop, 2017)
  • The Ocean House, Westerly, RI (artist in residence)
  • Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA (workshops)
  • Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA (workshops)
  • Falmouth Artist Guild, Falmouth, MA (workshops)
  • The Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT (workshops)
  • West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT (workshops)
  • The Wianno Club, Osterville, MA (private workshops)
  • The Coleman Center for Creative Studies, Newport, RI (course instruction)
  • The Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT (demonstrations)
  • Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA (demonstrations)
  • Franklin Art Association, Franklin, MA (demonstrations)
  • The Plum Beach Club, Saunderstown, RI (private demonstrations)


Other Awards and Exhibitions:

  • American Impressionists Society 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, 2014
  • Greenhouse Gallery Salon 2014, San Antonio, TX
  • Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Juried Exhibition, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2013
  • American Impressionists Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Charlestown, SC, 2013
  • Masters in Miniature Invitational, Trailside Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY, 2013
  • The Noble Nocturn, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY (juried First Place Award), 2012
  • Modern Marine Masters, The Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT, 2011-2015
  • American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition, 2011-2013
  • The Annual International Marine Art Exhibition The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, 2010-2016
  • 2011 Carmel Art Festival, Carmel California
  • Elected Artist Member: Salmagundi Club NY, 2011
  • Oil Painters of America 2010 Eastern Regional juried Exhibition
  • Wall Fine Art Gallery, Willmington, NC
  • 2008 Little Compton, RI, Juried exhibition Honorable Mention
  • 2005 Green River Gallery, Bristol RI, Award of Merit
  • 2005 Blackstone River Gallery, Woonsocket, RI Honorable mention
  • 2004 New York Yacht Club and The Newport Art Museum First Place-"Best in Fleet"
  • 2002 Newport Art Museum, Newport,RI, Honorable Mention – Painting
  • 2001 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, First Place Award
  • 2001 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, Honorable Mention
  • 2001 Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI, First Place Award
  • 2000 South County Art Association, Kingston, RI, First Place Award
  • 1999 Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI, Second Place Award
  • 1999 Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI, Second Place Award

Past and Present Affiliations:

  • Elected Artist Member: Salmagundi Club NY, 2011
  • U.S. Dept. of State "Art in Embassies" Program 2006-present
  • Display at the Podgorica, Montenegro and Vilnius Lithuania Embassy residencies
  • Art League of Rhode Island 2001- present
  • Vice President
  • Artist Member
  • Multiple Committee Member
  • Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, 2000 - present
  • Artist member
  • Instructor of painting and drawing, Coleman Center for Creative Studies 02, 04
  • Hera Gallery, Wakefield, Rhode Island 2001- 2003
  • Associate Artist Member
  • Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, Rhode Island 2000- present
  • Artist Member
  • South County Art Association, Kingston, Rhode Island 2002-2003
  • Artist Member


  • Auction Contributor
  • Child and Family services, Newport, RI
  • Newport Art Museum
  • Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown, RI
  • Newport Casino and Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Friends of the Brown House, Portsmouth, RI
  • Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
  • World Relief Fund, New York, New York



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