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Denis Ray Phillips
(Salt Lake City, Utah, 1938 - )
Along with his artist-wife, Bonnie Phillips, this Salt Lake City painter of fine abstractions and interesting and varied realistic scenes, is co-owner and operator of Phillips Gallery, Utah's longest-running success story among today's larger commercial art dealerships. A University of Utah graduate, Phillips has work in the State Collection, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Olpin Union Collection), in the LDS Museum of Church History and Art, and elsewhere. A quiet gentleman, this excellent artist prefers to paint, though his involvement in exhibitions, the business, civic patronage, and the many other pursuits that have surrounded his art for years, is entirely full. The Phillips Gallery has quite an extensive schedule of one-person and group shows, with the major group shows at Christmas and in summer. The exhibits are planned and scheduled far in advance, and the gallery handles only Utah-connected artists. Then, as an artist himself, Denis Phillips has interests in both music and painting. As a painter, according to Ann Poore in her recent catalog entitled The Reality of Abstraction: Painting in Utah 1946-1996, he "moves back and forth between abstraction and realism. 'I like the change…It keeps things from getting too routine…I'm not trying to tell anybody anything. I'm just putting something on the wall that you can relate to visually. They are just there to be looked at."