Philip Geiger Favorite Words Oil on canvas 24 X 32 inches 2006
Phillip Geiger is a noted painterly realist often painting figures in interiors. Philip Geiger received his MFA from Yale University in 1980 and shows at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in NYC. He has exhibited widely and has been the recipient of numerous art grants and awards. His paintings are represented in several prominent public collections and have been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, and The New Criterion. You can read a Maureen Mullarkey review here. In a 2007 ArtCritical.com review by Morgan Taylor says: “Philip Geiger described his attitude towards making paintings: “Intuitive seems to be the right word. I stop thinking… and try to let intensity carry the painting”
Philip Geiger Seven Thirty a.m. Oil on board 18 X 24 inches 2007
Geiger’s intensity of vision perhaps make the painting less self conscious and more about becoming genuinely engaged with his motif and resulting in great painting free of affectation. Fairfield Porter and Vuillard are some great painters that are clearly an inspiration but he moves out into his own territory that seems both of our time and that time doesn’t really matter. His figures often provide focus but don’t detract attention from the painting’s formal arrangement of light and color. His people are more like to a centrally placed and lovingly painted still life members. He arranges his stage from own home with hired models.
Alignment Oil on board 18 X 24 inches 2007
The figures suggest the sort of narrative conjured up in a day dream – perhaps musing over some family drama but really allowing yourself to fall into a meditative state where you take in the total visual scene at once and not one item in particular. The more engaging drama is in how Geiger organizes paint on the canvas rectangle, the poetry of simple items arranged in sparse rooms – and communicating to each other through tone, shape and color. The biggest star of all in these dramas is the unifying light which sets the key for everything to fall into and keep their place. These paintings make me want to be adopted into this family, where the love of life and beauty invite you to linger with no responsibility but to space out and enjoy the view.
Two Doors Oil on board 48 X 60 inches 2007
Different Shirt Oil on board 24 X 18 inches 2006
Hill City Oil on board 24 X 18 inches