May, 2021: invited by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to participate in Long Views Auction, an online benefit auction in celebration of VCCA’s 50th, featuring works by some of VCCA’s finest visual artist Fellows, May 7–15.

May, 2021: Discovery Featured Artist on Artwork Archive.

January, 2021: IG Featured Artist, Art File Gallery,
The Painting Center, NYC.

December, 2020: Awarded an Explore and Create grant (Research and Creation) from the Canada Council for the Arts in support of my residency project at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


November, 2020: Featured artist in The West End Journal series "Artists Among Us," 
“Leon Phillips: Exploring the Materiality of Color"


August, 2020: Rescheduled to attend the International Painting Symposium "Mark Rothko 2021" (September 2021) at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre  (Latvia) due to pandemic related travel restrictions and complications.

June 2020: accepted to attend the International Painting Symposium "Mark Rothko 2020" at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (Latvia). This residency will include: publicity opportunities (presentations of artists’ creative works; information in mass media; a symposium catalogue); recreation (tours around the city and surroundings, visits of art and culture institutions of Daugavpils); and a final symposium exhibition. Two or more of my paintings will be accepted into the permanent collection
at the Centre. 


March 2020: Awarded a British Columbia Arts Council grant, from the Project Assistance for Visual Artists program, for my residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.



January 2020: My work and a 360 degree panoramic view of my Banff studio is featured by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on social media (click on image below to get to the FB page. On the FB page, click and hold mouse on image and move cursor around to see full view of studio).



November, 2019: Featured artist on Artwork Archive.

July 2019: Accepted into the Leighton Artists Studios program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to attend a one-month artist residency in January, 2020 in The Gerin-Lajoie Studio.


April, 2019: Accepted by The Painting Center in New York City to join their online curated Art File Gallery.


January, 2019: Accepted as a VCCA Fellow into the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to attend
a one-month artist residency there, February-March, 2019.



Featured in Art on Paper, a group show at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. The show was curated by Rebecca Lax. Out of over 70 international artists my gouache painting Vermont no.7 (above) was selected for the gallery invitation and poster. This painting was completed while I was at the Vermont Studio Center last year.
Exhibition dates: January 18 - February 16, 2019.
(Photo right: used with permission).


August, 2018: Featured in the Vermont Studio Center Tumblr series:
"In The Studio: Leon Phillips."


Awarded a Merit-Based Artists Grant by the Vermont Studio Center to attend
a one-month Artist Residency in February, 2018.





Matrix 16 featured on the cover of Differences: Rereading Beauvoir and Irigaray, published by Oxford University Press, fall 2017, edited by Emily Parker and Anne van Leeuwen.








CARFAC BC Feature Artist, March 2016,
featured work: Flux 15.




Flux 1 included in the Vancouver General Hospital permanent collection, 2015.






"Leon Phillips: reclaiming gesture and colour in painting," Vancouver Sun Art Seen, 2013. Featured work: Expand 5.






"Lyotard's Dance of Paint," essay by the artist published by Duke University Press in the international journal Cultural Politics, July 2013. Expand 5 is featured on the cover. Download PDF.