A BRIEF CONVERSATION WITH PHILLIP MONROE
PHILLIP MONROE ON:
It is typical to gain superficial insights, such as birthday and birthplaces, to define a person’s being. My birthday and birthplace may be of some interest to you, but what truly intrigues and defines me is my birthright: To pursue a fulfilling long life along with the opportunity to liberate, and share my artistry with the world. For without my canvas, colors, energy and imagination, the true definition of Phillip Monroe would simply be March the ninth 1967 in a hospital somewhere in our Nation’s Capital.
After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, it makes you wonder about history. It is the observation that drives me to read and study the historical impact that people of color have had on the world. This, coupled with personal life experiences, truly motivates me to fuse historical fact with both the unquestionable present and the ever-changing perception of the future to come.
“THE 13th PARALLEL”
The name of my artistic endeavor, “The 13th Parallel”, is a phrase of opposite meaning. Therefore, a brief explanation is in order. The number thirteen (13) in Egyptian numerology means change or transition while the term parallel means infinitely continuous yet non-intersecting. Together, these two terms define my cultured styling which transcends the monolithic planes of artistic creativity with a seamless passage among various levels and aspects of the fine arts.
Most of my work, if not all of my work, displays some type of motion. This mainly attributed to my unquenchable desire for music, culture, and dance. Particularly my piece title “The Greatest Entertainer” which depicts a famous musical performer, for whom we are all familiar, in different modes of entertainment. A true conversational piece, this acrylic on canvas illustrates s style, delivers a message, and invites the viewer to formulate his/her own personal opinion.
It’s been said, “If you do something you love, you’ll never work another day in your life”. Without any question, I truly believe this observation. It is one of the many driving forces that make me strive for success in the art world. For several years, I have been associated with various art and trade show promoters throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These events have afforded me the exposure that is necessary to gain incremental recognition and respectability among my peers and collectors alike. The sale of one of my favorite works eventually led me to New York city in which other paintings were privately shown and sold.
Thank you so very much for your time. I look forward to speaking with you on an even more personal level in the near future.