American, 1973 -
Phil Frost is a self-taught artist who began his career in the early 1990s by blanketing New York City streets and doorways with strips of brightly colored wheat-pasted posters. His works incorporate complex materials that alternate between rough blocks of house painted surfaces and delicate mantles rendered in white correction fluid. Drawing from a wide range of influences including painters Matthias Grünewald, Francis Bacon, and Jasper Johns, Frost is most directly inspired by tapestries, manuscript illuminations, and busts of medieval Europe. The artist distills these references into typographic and symbolically laden portraits that reflect his pantheistic approach to artmaking and the world.