My work is a direct expression of my innate curiosity. I learned to see through an abstract lens while studying physics and math, and so it was a natural progression for me to express my views of the world abstractly. When painting, I use non-regular geometries and the interplay of colors, shapes and lines to map my experiences onto the two dimensional plane to elicit movement and emotion.
I often construct interactive projects and installations using material directly sourced from people and communities with whom I come in contact. This can be in the form of a questionnaire hand bound into a book, submissions on my website used to engrave glass globes, or video statements about women presidents. Sometimes I find objects that express my views better than words and so they become a three dimensional painting such as a mural made from glass test tubes. I am forever reaching into new mediums whether it be book binding, glass globes and test tubes, writing IR video games or weaving tapestries. But even as my curiosity leads me in new directions painting remains the core of my studio practice.
Denise Philipbar is a painter and installation artist who blends the power of nature with her understanding of science and technology. Working with topics such as the panopticon as metaphor or how technology and nature collide, her installations ask viewers to question how they interact with their own experiences in our current technological landscape. Her paintings explore the formal aspects in the two dimensional plane through abstraction and process disregarding any direct references to subject matter.
Philipbar learned to paint at the Art Students League of Denver after completing a bachelors and a masters in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
2012 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA MFA, Painting
1996 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO MA, Mathematics
1993 University of Colorado, Denver, CO BS, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude
Additional Course Work:
2018 The Ultimate Guide to Game Development with Unity, Udemy
2017 Forearms of Steel, Advanced Screen Printing Techniques, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Quick and Dirty Screen Printing, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA
Collograph, Printing with Texture, Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Etching and Intaglio Techniques, Discover Graphics Atelier, Alexandria, VA
2014 Printmaking Projects and Techniques, Discover Graphics Atelier, Alexandria, VA
2013 Jumpstart to Printmaking, Discover Graphics Atelier, Alexandria, VA
Awarda & Honors
2014 Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside, Troy, NY, USA
Old Furnace Artist Residency, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
2013 Mecklenburg Inspiriert, International Artist Residency, Kühlungsborn, Germany
2014 Robinson, E. Brady "Low-Residency MFA Programs," Professional Artists’ Magazine, August/September 2014