Phil Lear

Phil Lear

As a narrative figurative painter, Phil’s mission is to create work that embodies a classical ideal, while capturing the imagination of his viewers, and making a personal connection. He favors a muted palette and often warm tones, rendering intriguing figurative scenes with a fresh painterly realism.

Following an illustration-focused degree in commercial art, Phil traveled and took on various projects that nurtured his creative skills, before settling in Colorado Springs. Here he made his first forays into the professional art world. He became a charter member of the Portrait Society of America, and began painting with an undeniable sense of purpose, displaying work in many public exhibitions and competitions, including a large number of solo receptions.

In subject matter he is a story-teller. His often odd settings are peopled with playful and mischievous characters; he aims at triggering an emotional response. Inspiration is drawn from many different sources -- folk songs, fairy tales, historical biographies, poetry. They intertwine in his work.

"I attempt to present fascinating narratives in a snapshot -- an adventure told in just one scene."

Since residing in Colorado Springs, Phil has been steadily gaining popularity and recognition.

Artist Statement:

"The evolution of an artist is a long and windy road of creative exploration. For some artists the journey is short as the glow of their creative flame flickers but for others the journey has no end. For those who remain steadfast, their life's work is a continually evolving machine, a course that only they can investigate and nurture." - Phil Lear

Exhibitions & Awards:

Opening Reception/Commission Unveiling
The Mining Exchange Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO August, 2013

Modbo Collective Group Exhibit
Modbo/SPQR Galleries, Colorado Springs, CO May, 2013

“All Things Wild & Wonderful” A juried group exhibit
Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO May, 2013

“The Boardwalk Empire Show” (work inspired by the HBO series)
Sabi, Colorado Springs, CO April, 2013

“The Tell-Tale Heart” A Group Exhibit
Sabi, Colorado Springs, CO November, 2012

“The Dark Side” A solo exhibit
SPQR Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2012

“The Pillowman” (work inspired by the play)
Springs Ensemble Theatre, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2012

“Cannabis Canvas”
Marmalade at Smokebrush, Colorado Springs, CO August, 2012

Modbo/SPQR presents “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia: The War Show”
Modbo/SPQR Galleries, Colorado Springs, CO May, 2012

Sabi’s Grand Opening/Solo Work Reception
Sabi Subculture Shop & Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO April, 2012

Unveiling of Work for the Rabbit Hole Restaurant
The Rabbit Hole, Colorado Springs, CO February, 2012

“Coronado” (work inspired by the play)
Springs Ensemble Theatre, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2011

“Mousetrap: A Solo Exhibit”
SPQR Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2011

“Cripple Creek District Museum presents: Doors to the Past”
Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek, CO September, 2011

“Modbo’s Monochromatic Show”
Modbo Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO August, 2011

“Ephesium Events presents: Carnivale”
Springs Orleans Silver Room, Colorado Springs, CO July, 2011

“The In-Process Show”
SPQR, Colorado Springs, CO June, 2011

“Prince and Pauper’s Steampunk Ball”: A Benefit for Myles Pinkney
The INKQB8TOR, Colorado Springs, CO April, 2011

“Mountain Standard”: A group exhibtion
The Modbo Gallery & SPQR, Colorado Springs, CO April, 2011

“Incomparable Steampunk Art Exposition”: A group exhibtion
Heebee Jeebees Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO March, 2011

“Rotten Apples”: A solo exhibtion
Heebee Jeebees Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO February, 2011

“Fluxus”: A group exhibition of everyday art
Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO February, 2011

“Sideshow”: A solo exhibtion
Heebee Jeebees Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO January, 2011

Biggest Little Small Works Show Ever
Modbo, Colorado Springs, CO December, 2010

Mothma Independent Group Exhibition
Grossman Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2010

Solo Exhibit
Modbo, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2010

Benefit for CASA
Modbo, Colorado Springs, CO February, 2010

Nocturnal Mockery 9
Cedar’s Jazz Club, Colorado Springs, CO December, 2009

The Small Works Show
Modbo Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO December, 2009

Twenty-oh-Nine
Rubbish Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO December, 2009

“Loss:” A Silent Auction Exhibition for the Benefit of Suicide Prevention
Rubbish Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO September, 2009

Phil Lear and Marc Huebert: Two-Man Show
Modbo Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO September, 2009

Modbo Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition
Modbo Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO June, 2009

Phil Lear and Shannen Dunn
Rubbish Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO March, 2009

Nocturnal Mockery: 4-8
Cedar’s Jazz Club, Colorado Springs, CO April & November, 2006-2008

Cottonwood Instructors and Artists Fall Exhibit
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2004

As Time Passes: Current Works by Former Students of Sparky LeBold
Orly’s Art Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2004

Artists for Elders Art Show
Sunnyrest Health Care Facility/Cottonwood Art Academy August-Sept. 2004

Cottonwood Art Academy First Annual Miniature Show
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs, CO November, 2003

Springs Seven and Friends
Dale Street Cafe, Colorado Springs, CO November, 2003

Springs Seven and Invited Artists Group Showing
Pike’s Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO October, 2003

Victor Celebrates the Arts Annual Plein Air Competition and Show
Victor, CO September, 2001 – ­2004

Recent Works: A Group Show
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs, CO February, 2003

Spain Plein Air Show
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs, CO November, 2002

Exibitione de Artistes Americanos
Hotel Amaragua, Torremolinos, Spain October, 2002

Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction
Rist Canyon, CO September, 2002 & 2003

“Colorado en Plein Air: A Group Show”
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs, CO August, 2002

Glenwood Springs Fall 2001 Art Guild Competition
Glenwood Springs, CO September, 2001

Recent Works: A Group Show
Cottonwood Art Academy, Colorado Springs July, 2001

Changing of the Leaves
El Dorado Art Gallery, Colorado Springs August, 2000

St. Micheal’s Annual Art Exhibit
St. Micheal’s Church, Colorado Springs August, 2000

Portrait Society of America
Inaugural Conference, Washington D.C. April, 1999

Graduate Art Exhibit
Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL February, 1997

Awards:

Third Place, Professional Division (judged by Lee Cable)
Victor Celebrates the Arts Fifth Annual Plein Air Competition, September, 2004

Best of Show
Exibitione de Artistes Americanos, Hotel Amaragua, Torremolinos, October, 2002

Honorable Mention, Professional Division (judged by Carl Dalio)
Victor Celebrates the Arts Third Annual Plein Air Competition, September, 2004

Third Place, Advanced Still Life Category
Glenwood Springs Fall 2001 Art Guild Competition

Second Place, Still Life Category
Changing of the Leaves, El Dorado Art Gallery, August, 2000