Minta Elizabeth Phillips

Born with a lifetime passion for observing and painting, Minta intensified her involvement with painting, printmaking, and drawing while at Yale. She greatly benefited from teachers such as Richard Lytle, Samia Halaby, Bernard Chaet, and William Bailey and as much exposure to art history as possible. Minta attended the Fellowship Yale School of Art at Norfolk and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Distinction in Art from Yale University in ’75. She then went on to receive an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in ’81.

In the past, her interest focused on abstract expressionism, color interaction, and mapping human motion. Currently, she considers herself a Postmodern Expressionist. In Expressionism, the artist attempts to depict not objective reality, but subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in the artist and viewer (examples: use of exaggeration, distortion, fantasy, primitivism for emotional effect with use of intense color, agitated/dynamic drawing or brushstroke, disjointed space).

Where Modernists (Renaissance artists too) hoped to unearth universals or the fundamentals of art in more pure forms, the Postmodernist (PM) aims to unseat them, to embrace diversity and contradiction. A PM approach to art, thus, rejects the distinction between low and high art forms, rigid genre boundaries and favors eclecticism, mixing ideas and forms. Partly due to this rejection, PM promotes parody, irony, playfulness, “jouissance”, enjoyment. (Examples: vivid, jarring, violent, dynamic, exaggeration, distortion, playfulness, textual manipulation, nonrational, accidental, chaotic, consumerist, mass media & production, fragmentation, personal self-expression, individualistic, spontaneous, plurality, hyper real).

Minta’s work has been showcased in various art exhibitions and publications in Greensboro since 1997. She has a public collection at Guilford College and private collections in NY, CA, MA, MO, TX, NC, WA, WI, NJ, CT, and London/UK.