Phillips, Ammi

American Folk Artist, 1788-1865 American painter. Apparently self-taught, he began his prolific and successful career as a portrait painter c. 1811. During his lifetime, he moved several times across the borders of New York, western Connecticut and Massachusetts in search of commissions. Like many of the itinerant artists of the 19th century, he struggled to achieve pictorial solutions and a distinctive style, yet he developed so dramatically that historians originally classified his paintings as the work of two different artists: 'The Border Limner' and 'The Kent Limner'. The earliest works, from his 'Border' period (c. 1812-19), are marked by simple forms, shaded outlines and soft, pastel colours. They include ambitious full-length portraits as well as three-quarter and bust-length examples (Dr Russell Dorr, c. 1814-15; Williamsburg, VA, Rockefeller Flk A. Col.). In the 1820s he experimented with techniques and formats, developing an attention to detail and naturalism that suggests the influence of Albany portrait painter Ezra Ames. By the 1830s, the decade of his 'Kent' portraits, his compositions present his sitters as large, stylized shapes that nearly fill the canvas, while his use of rich, saturated colours creates striking contrasts of light and dark. Typically in this decade, his female sitters are shown leaning forward while male sitters sit upright with one hand draped over a chairback. Among his most appealing and successful works are portraits of children from this period. Blond Boy with Primer,

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Phillips, Ammi Reverend Jonas Coe oil painting


Reverend Jonas Coe
Painting ID::  19863
Artist: Phillips, Ammi
Painting: Reverend Jonas Coe
Introduction: 1820 Oil on canvas.
   
   
     

Phillips, Ammi Cornelius Allerton oil painting


Cornelius Allerton
Painting ID::  19864
Artist: Phillips, Ammi
Painting: Cornelius Allerton
Introduction: 1821-22 Oil on canvas Art Institute of Chicago.
   
   
     

Phillips, Ammi Mrs. Day oil painting


Mrs. Day
Painting ID::  19865
Artist: Phillips, Ammi
Painting: Mrs. Day
Introduction: 1835 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
   
   
     

Phillips, Ammi Portrait of a Young Woman,possibly Mrs.Hardy oil painting


Portrait of a Young Woman,possibly Mrs.Hardy
Painting ID::  31991
Artist: Phillips, Ammi
Painting: Portrait of a Young Woman,possibly Mrs.Hardy
Introduction: mk77 c.1812-19 Oil on canvas 30x25in
   
   
     

Phillips, Ammi Mrs.John Vincent Storm oil painting


Mrs.John Vincent Storm
Painting ID::  39061
Artist: Phillips, Ammi
Painting: Mrs.John Vincent Storm
Introduction: mk140 circa 1838 Oil on canvas
   
   
     

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     American Folk Artist, 1788-1865 American painter. Apparently self-taught, he began his prolific and successful career as a portrait painter c. 1811. During his lifetime, he moved several times across the borders of New York, western Connecticut and Massachusetts in search of commissions. Like many of the itinerant artists of the 19th century, he struggled to achieve pictorial solutions and a distinctive style, yet he developed so dramatically that historians originally classified his paintings as the work of two different artists: 'The Border Limner' and 'The Kent Limner'. The earliest works, from his 'Border' period (c. 1812-19), are marked by simple forms, shaded outlines and soft, pastel colours. They include ambitious full-length portraits as well as three-quarter and bust-length examples (Dr Russell Dorr, c. 1814-15; Williamsburg, VA, Rockefeller Flk A. Col.). In the 1820s he experimented with techniques and formats, developing an attention to detail and naturalism that suggests the influence of Albany portrait painter Ezra Ames. By the 1830s, the decade of his 'Kent' portraits, his compositions present his sitters as large, stylized shapes that nearly fill the canvas, while his use of rich, saturated colours creates striking contrasts of light and dark. Typically in this decade, his female sitters are shown leaning forward while male sitters sit upright with one hand draped over a chairback. Among his most appealing and successful works are portraits of children from this period. Blond Boy with Primer,