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Classical, Dignified Portraits: Art by Phil Boatwright


An oil painting of two young men standing in the woodsGeorge and Rivers, oil on canvas

Phil Boatwright got his start as a professional illustrator, and later transitioned into portrait art. Phil has been training as a portrait artist since 1992, and now works almost exclusively in the field, creating classical, dignified portraits of contemporary subjects.


A painting of a young woman in a blue dressMrs Susie Morris Baker, oil on canvas

 

Phil’s style is often near photorealistic, though I enjoy the way he maintains some sense of the artist’s hand in the soft blending of brush marks, and the occasional use of light chiaroscuro highlights, particularly in indoor settings. The goal of these portraits is both to render the subject accurately, and to create a timeless, intriguing image for the viewer.


A screen capture of Phil Boatwright's art websitePhil's portfolio website, www.philboatwright.com

The artist’s portfolio also showcases some of his personal works, many of which feature pastoral scenery and cattle. Though the subject matter shifts, Phil’s treatment of his subjects remains just as dedicated and detailed. Each blade of grass and distant tree is painted with great patience and attention to detail. See more on Phil’s portfolio website, or check out Kumiko Buller or Judith Elsasser for more portraiture.


An oil painting of cattle grazing in a fieldGrazing the Blue Pasture, oil on board


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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