Axis Gallery is pleased to present a selection of work from former Axis Gallery member, Phil Amrhein. The Idea of Undoing: a 25 year survey of the art of Phil Amrhein displays the evolution of Amrhein’s work over a 25 year period from early figurative paintings to current, black voids. His exploration of the aesthetics of black began as a rejection of decorative painting styles, rendering a canvas without a discernible reference by removing what is recognizable. Amrhein’s minimalist sensibility engages with the painting as a visual object which, according to the artist, “engages the eye more than the mind.” His paintings embrace nothing and reflect his process of destructive reduction, freeing the work from the constraints imposed byrepresentation.
Phil Amrhein is a graduate of UC Davis with an MA in studio art from CSU Sacramento. Phil is a practicing artist living in Sacramento, CA.