Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Architecture), University of Waterloo, 1989
Bachelor of Arts cum laude (Fine Arts Major), University of Saskatchewan, 1985
AWARDS + RESIDENCIES
2021 International Painting Symposium “Mark Rothko 2021,” Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre,
Daugavpils, Latvia (scheduled for September)
2020 Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
Project Assistance for Visual Artists Grant, British Columbia Arts Council
Banff Centre for the Creative Arts, the Leighton Artists Studios program, one-month
independent artist residency, Banff, AB
2019 VCCA Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, one-month artist residency,
Amherst, Virginia, USA
2018 Vermont Studio Center, one-month artist residency, Johnson, Vermont, USA
Merit-based Artists Grant, Vermont Studio Center
1985 English Proficiency Award, University of Waterloo
1984 University Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
Victor Colleaux Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
1983 University Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
1982 Provincial Proficiency Scholarship, Province of Saskatchewan
2013 Phillips, Leon, “Lyotard’s Dance of Paint,” in Rewriting Lyotard: Figuration, Presentation,
Resistance, a special issue of Cultural Politics, ed. Peter Milne (Durham North Carolina: Duke
University Press, Volume 9, Issue 2, July 2013), pp 219-226.
2010 Manufactured Colour, Havana Gallery, Vancouver, BC (juried)
2008 The Nature of Creation, Waterfront Theatre Gallery, Vancouver, BC (juried)
Colour as Vibration, Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC (juried)
2003 Surface, Depth and Light, Studio Blue, Vancouver, BC
2000 Open/Shut, Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse, YK (curated by George Harris)
1999 Fugitive Phenomena, ARTWORKS, Saskatoon, SK
1998 Community Arts Council Gallery, Vancouver, BC (juried)
1997 The Prince George Art Gallery, Prince George, BC (curated by Julia Whittaker)
Garden in the Wind, ARTWORKS, Saskatoon, SK
1996 Internalized Landscapes, Summer Song Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Canadian Consulate General, Chicago, IL (curated by Jeanne Braun)
2019 Art on Paper, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn. NY (curated by Rebecca Lax)
2012 Sans Brush, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver Community Arts Council,
North Vancouver, (juried)
2011 Scapes, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON (international competition)
2005 Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC (juried)
Heatwave, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 A Permanent Collection, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC (curated by George Harris)
2000 Gallery L-V, Vancouver, BC
1998 ARTWORKS, Saskatoon, SK
artWORK: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary BC Artists, Prince George, BC (juried)
1997 The Canadian Collection at APEC‘97, Vancouver, BC, (juried)
ARTWORKS, Saskatoon, SK
1996 ARTWORKS, Saskatoon, SK
REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
2020 McKeown, Kevin Dale. “Leon Phillips: Exploring the Materiality of Color,” Artists Among Us,
The West End Journal, November 1
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Leighton Artists Studios Residency, studio feature
(virtual 360 degree studio tour)
2018 Vermont Studio Center Tumblr series, “Vermont Studio Center—In the Studio: Leon Phillips."
2017 Parker, Emily and Anne van Leeuwen editors, Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and
Irigaray, Oxford University Press, painting featured as cover art.
2016 CARFAC British Columbia, Member News. “Feature Artist: Leon Phillips,”
http://www.carfacbc.org/feature-artist-leon-phillips/, March 17, 2016.
2013 Milne, Peter. "Exceeding the Given: Rewriting Lyotard's Aesthetics," in
Rewriting Lyotard: Figuration, Presentation, Resistance, a special issues of Cultural Politics,
Duke University Press, July, 2013.
Griffin, Kevin, "Leon Phillips: Reclaiming Gesture and Colour in Painting, Vancouver Sun,
Art Seen, Nov. 5.
Garnett, Joy. NEWSgrist: Where Spin is Art, “Cultural Politics Special Issue:
Rewriting Lyotard: Figuration, Presentation, Resistance," September 10.
2005 Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery exhibition catalog, Vancouver, BC.
2001 Milne, Peter. An Aesthetics without Nature, History and Home in the Kantian Sublime, University
of Leuven, Belgium.
2000 The Afternoon Show, CBC Radio Yukon, 13 October, Whitehorse, YK.
1998 artWORK, A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary BC Artists, BC Festival of the Arts exhibition
catalog, Prince George, BC.
1997 The Canadian Collection at APEC, APEC exhibition catalog, Vancouver, BC.
The Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon, SK, 08 March 1997.
Prince George This Week, Prince George, BC, 25 May 1997.
The Prince George Free Press, Prince George, BC, 12 June 1997.
Colleen & Co, Global TV Saskatoon, SK, 17 March 1997.
WORKSHOPS and ARTIST’S TALKS
2018 Artist Talk, "The Materiality of Colour," Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
2000 “The Abstracted Landscape,” Painting Workshop, Whitehorse, YK
“The Role of the Camera in Contemporary Landscape Painting,” Lecture, Yukon Arts Centre,
Artist Talk, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YK.
1997 Artist Talk, Prince George Art Gallery, Prince George, BC
Creative Workshop, Prince George Art Gallery, Prince George, BC
1995 “Landscape into Art,” Artist Talk, West End Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
The Painting Center, Art File Gallery, New York, NY
CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation), BC Affiliate
Elswick Energy, Calgary, AB
Oliver Lodge, Saskatoon, SK
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC
The Canadian Consulate General, Chicago, IL
Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC
Town of Naicam, Naicam, SK
Private collections in Canada, USA, Germany, and Ireland