“I have only just begun to create the art I have always dreamed of.” — Phillip Singer
Phillip Singer was always fascinated by the beauty, as well as the individuality, of fine art. As a child, his early impressions and inspiration came from the few art books his parents’ had on hand. The work of great masters and famous illustrators captured his young imagination. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, Singer eventually earned a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York. “Art was one thing I was truly passionate about. I wasn’t sure if I could ever be good enough to be a professional artist, but the challenge gave me focus and direction in my life.”
While studying at the School of Visual Arts, Singer was included in the Society of Illustrators student show, and won the school’s portfolio cover competition in his senior year. His professional illustration career started the day after graduation and spanned the last 15 years. His illustrations include over 100 book covers for Avon-Harper Collins, Warner Books, and Simon & Schuster. Singer had done numerous magazine illustrations for clients such as National Geographic Magazine, and created promotional illustrations for international corporations such as Celestial Seasonings Tea and Merck. His work has been selected many times to participate in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Award Show.
But could a successful illustrator transition to the world of fine art? Singer took the plunge and the Singer Fine Art Collection made its debut in 1999 at a handful of fine art festivals on the East Coast. Featuring original oil paintings and limited-edition prints, the meticulous attention to detail of the paintings is reminiscent of the old masters, but the imaginative, surrealistic subject matter is truly unique. “I like to paint living things which breathe and pulse with life and place them in curious situations. I think the juxtaposition creates a thought-provoking sense of surrealism. But the image of the painting is only half the equation. The other half is technique. With every painting, I try to emulate the awe-inspiring vivid beauty and breath-taking dimension achieved by the old masters. This is why I believe I have only just begun to create the art I have always dreamed of.”
Singer is now strictly a fine artist with a discerning, growing following. “I like to see something new every time I look at a painting. That’s why in each painting I create, I strive for beauty, yet hope the audience also finds it challenging, bold, smart, funny, and imaginative. When you find the ‘unexpected’ in a piece of art, that makes it worth taking home.”