Mystical expressions of scientific ideas.


Jason E. McPhillips is a professional artist who currently maintains his studio in Chicago. He specializes in drawing, which informs both his painting and relief sculpture. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University as a film student from 1996-1999, making numerous short films, and screening his work at the local “Flicker” film festival. It was during this period that McPhillips began to spend more and more time at the drafting table working on storyboards for his films. The storyboarding reawakened his love of drawing and he began to study perspective and artistic anatomy. He fell in with a circle of students who regularly attended drawing and sculpture classes with Georgian sculptor “Batu” Siharulidze. Though continually inspired by film, McPhillips began to devote most of his time to the traditional disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture.

Jason’s passion for drawing led him to continue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. During the course of his studies he was awarded the Thomas Eakins Memorial Prize for Figure Painting, the Michael G. Cappuzzi Memorial Endowment, and the coveted Lois and Charles X. Carlson Landscape Painting Residency. He has apprenticed under renowned sculptor Anthony Visco and with painter/filmmaker Bo Bartlett.

After finishing his studies at the Academy, he worked briefly as a freelance illustrator, production artist and web designer. In 2003, Jason left the commercial art world and hit the road, taking a five-month landscape painting expedition through the United States. Painting daily, he traversed twenty-five states. Paintings, sketches, and journal excerpts from this series, entitled Travelogue, have been exhibited in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Montana, and Colorado. His work hangs in many private collections as well as the R.M. Shoemaker Corporation of Pennsylvania.

Presently McPhillips leads small workshops in figure drawing, artistic anatomy, and oil painting. He seeks to awaken wonder in his students, through the twin miracles of art and the human body.

portrait of the artist at work

Photo courtesy Tkach Photo,

Recent Posts

Latest developments from the studio.

If you'd like to read an account of a five month road trip I took all around the United States with my paint box, visit the travelogue.

Compressed Value Underpainting

Below are a couple of completed under paintings executed in “en camaïeu”. The phrase “en camaïeu” basically differs from “grisaille” or grey monochrome painting...

Learning Your Scales Redux

I use a number of different palettes depending on what I’m doing, but the one that gets the most use when I’m in the...

Pollice Verso

Pollice Verso, Oil on Canvas, 9×12″, $550

This painting quotes Gerome’s painting by the same name, translating from latin to “Turning of the Thumb”. Initially...