Phillip Michael Hook
Foundations of Art, Assistant Professor (MFA, University of Missouri-Columbia)
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Phillip Michael Hook grew up near Columbia, Missouri. Phillip Michael Hook received an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As an undergrad at Columbia College, Phillip Michael Hook earned both a BFA in painting and drawing and a BA in Individual Studies with an emphasis in English. Phillip Michael Hook has frequently exhibited work throughout the Midwest and has been selected to participate in many juried competitions throughout the United States. Phillip Michael Hook is represented by the Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO. His work is in private and corporate collections.
Phillip Michael Hook is an Assistant Professor in Art Foundations and serves as Art Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Art at the University of South Dakota. His office is in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Art, 208A. This is his personal portfolio website, please enjoy your time here.
Phillip Michael Hook's Artist Statement:
I think of my work as a recording of my time in the studio. The studio is a physical space and a mental space, a playground where without distraction I can bring together the array of sensations I experience into some kind of physical form. I borrow from my life, my emotions, my loves and interests, my reactions and interactions.Over the past several years, Iíve become attracted to the immediate and visceral quality of monotypes, particularly with regard to the manner in which this process captures the subtle nuances generated by drawing into the inked plate. I began working with paint in a similar manner on paper, incising linear elements into the acrylic ground, rubbing pigment into these lines, working in opaque and transparent, wet and dry layers in order to build up layers of imagery on the picture plane. This process involves working from a mainly divergent approach to art making through automatic drawing (stream of consciousness). I combine drawing, painting (often with fingers), and various printmaking techniques, all to generate intimate works which leave behind a visible residue of their process, allowing the viewer to explore the layers of thought and energy.Much of the imagery derives from my love of the unseen world of microscopic imagery. Iíve allowed my research of cellular and molecular biology to influence my art making in order to invent imagery. And though I work primarily with organic abstraction through mixed media applications, I also infuse handwritten text into the work. All these observations and constructions collectively generate meaning within an abstractly suggested pictorial space.