Backstreet’s new member, Tamarah Phillips, will debut her first show, “Chromatic Garden”, in November. Her reception takes place onNovember 8th, from 3 to 5PM at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street.
Tamarah entered last year’s Little Dickens Show at Backstreet and was awarded a First Place in the 2D category. She has also won awards in Celebrate Arts and the Del Mar Fair, with other shows in the Library, and The Gallery Above The Sliver Lining.
With a very distinctive style enveloped in linear designs, organic shapes and vibrant colors, she captures her subject in an other-worldly fantasy. Perhaps having a seamstress for a mother who surrounded Tamarah with fabrics, textures and patterns gave impetus to her captivating, and as she calls it, intuitive work.
A favorite quote of hers, “Design beyond your skill, and then raise the level of you skill to fulfill it,” is from an unknown author.
Her father was in the military serving as a Safety Officer, so Tamarah has lived many places around the states. She also lived with her family in Germany for six years. She and her father took long walks in the forest where he regaled her with historic stories and fairytales.
These memories added to her mother’s cloth imagery combined with Tamarah’s active imagination, provides the basis for her truly unique art. The recurring theme of women’s remarkable faces is repeated in many of her ethereal paintings. She uses paint to create her images and tell a story using women’s faces, human figures slowly changing into something else, something magical: dancing nymphs, and hidden symbols.
Tamarah decided to join her parents when her father retired and moved to Florence from San Diego. The art community here welcomes her signature style and grace.
When not pursuing her art or at Backstreet Gallery you may find her at Bon Jour, a boutique clothing store where she is the assistant manager. Her position there may influence her stylish persona.
Come to the reception November 8th from 3pm -5pm,
meet the artist, and enjoy delicious refreshments.