Lawrence Philp stood in the studio space of his garage pulling small canvases out of storage cubbies. Each piece he pulled produced a different color pallet and a variety of objects protruding from the pancake-mix-thick paint that surrounds them. The small space in which he produces these small works allows just enough space for one person to stand and move in one direction.
Philp, who has lived in Palm Coast since 1997, creates two kinds of work: acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media constructions. He has been doing these smaller works for the past four or five years, but has more than 40 years of painting experience.
“I’m not so much experimental, but I’m curious,” Philp said of his process. “I like making stuff, so I just make them until I’m finished.”
For Philp, “finished” generally takes about two months. A lot of the work he does involves setting canvases up side by side and working them simultaneously. He looks at how the edges align and works them, and reworks them until all the canvases look like different paintings.
“I don’t want to have a conglomerate of the same thing,” he said. “I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a camera and photographing the entire wall. I take them out, look at them, put them back and move them around until I find a theme.”