Art is a serious business- sometimes too serious. That’s why it is inevitable that Lynn Rose Phillips follows a yellow brick road of her own making. Someone has to happily fall down a rabbit hole feet first with arms outspread. Someone has to conjure up astonishingly delicious creations and tortured melodramatic confections of blatantly honest, cleverly deceptive, flawlessly beautiful WORKS OF ART! And that someone is Lynn Rose Phillips

Lynn’s spontaneous combustion work ranges from “found” painted sculpture to paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor on paper, canvas, often in mixed media, and sometimes on jigsawed wood. New and innovative ideas are her goal which is exhibited in her paintings and wall graphics with often effective illusionistic techniques described by the French term “trompe l’oeil”. Her Contemporary Mind’s Eye Paintings created from a palette of arbitrary colors tell a narrative, always speaking to her viewers and conveying heartfelt feelings about the ups and downs of life. The basic sometimes humorous themes that dominate her work are women’s attempt to grasp and juggle their creative position in a still male dominated society and the ever popular male-female relationship. She waits patiently drumming her talented unmanicured fingers alert for possible signs of understanding from her viewers all the while grinning like a Cheshire cat.

She has lived and exhibited all over the United States and Europe, is in numerous private and public collections. Lynn currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has maintained a studio in The Pendleton Art Center, Over The Rhine, for 26 years.


Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, Majors: Art History, Painting; Minors: Drawing, Photography

Sculpture Tutorial with Professor Walter Driesbach, Art Academy of Cincinnati

Painting Tutorial with Professor Paul Chidlaw, Art Academy of Cincinnati

Gables Graphic Design School of Cincinnati, Ohio, Majors: Illustration, Graphic Design

The Boca Raton Art Museum, Painting

The Chicago Art Institute, Painting, Life Drawing

The Cincinnati Art Museum, Life Drawing, Sculpture

The Dayton Art Museum, Painting, Drawing

Professional Achievements and Associations:

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The Malton Gallery, “Poet’s Dream Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio 2001

The Malton Gallery, “The Power of Paint” Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio 2000

The Merrill Chase Gallery, “Midwest Madness” Show, Water Tower, Chicago, Ill. 1996

Suffolk University, “An Artist’s Vision”, Boston, Mass. 1995

Sutton West Gallery, “The Wizard of Whimsey II” Show, Missoula, MT. 1995

Forms Gallery, “Spontaneous Zaniness” , Delray Beach, Fla. 1994

YWCA Women’s Gallery, “Recent Works”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1994

YWCA Women’s Gallery, “The Wizard of Whimsey”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993

Sutton West Gallery, “The Whimsical West” Show, Missoula, MT. 1993

The Malton Gallery, “The Wild and Woolly West Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1992

The Malton Gallery, “Spontaneous Combustion Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1990

The Malton Gallery, “ Inaugural Exhibition Show, “ 1987

Selected Group Exhibitions

David A. Millet Art Gallery, “Art and Design”, Cincinnati, Ohio 2016, 2017

University of Cincinnati Hall Galleries, “Color”, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2003

Art Works, “Big Pig Gig”, Cincinnati, Ohio 2000

Forms Gallery, “United Artists Show”, Miami, Fla., 1996

The Chicago Artist’s Workshop, “New Chicago Artists” Show, Chicago, Ill. 1996

Suffolk University, “Artists’ Forum”, Boston, Mass. 1995

Forms Gallery, “United Artists Show”, Boca Raton, Fla. , 1995

The Miller Gallery, “Objects of Desire” Show, Cincinnati, Ohio 1994

The Pendleton Arts Center, Third Anniversary Art Show: “Self Righteous Dogs” , Cincinnati, Ohio 1994

Sutton West Gallery, “The Bountiful Bowls Show”, Missoula, MT. , 1994

Sutton West Gallery, “Christmas Show”, Missoula, MT., 1993

Sutton West Gallery, “Day of the Dead Show”, 1993

The Malton Gallery, “Masks and Mythology Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993

Arts Consortium/Union Terminal, “The Family Values Show”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993

The School for Creative and Performing Arts Gallery, “Arts-A-Poppin’”, Cincinnati, Ohio 1991 and 1990

Selected Juried Exhibitions

Suffolk University, “Art on Campus” Show, “Best in Show” Award, Boston, Mass. 1995

Fifth/Third Bank’s “Art on the Square” Show, “Best in Show” , Cincinnati, Ohio 1994

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum “Best in Show” 1990

Cincinnati Flower Show, Consultant and Table Designer, “Honorable Mention” l990, 1991

“Art Miami” Painting Show, “Honorable Mention”, Miami, Fla. 1990

Selected Invitational Shows

The Carnegie Arts Center, “l00th Anniversary Show” Group Show, Covington, Ky., 1996

Suffolk University, “Celebrate the Arts” Group Show, Boston, Mass., 1995

The Carnegie Arts Center, “Variances: Six Cincinnati Women Artists” Covington, Ky., 1995, Curated by Elaine King, Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

YWCA Woman’s Gallery, “Garden and Dreams” Group Show, 1995

YWCA Woman’s Gallery, “Women Artists of Cincinnati” Group Show, 1993

Maintraum Artist’s Group, “Roadkill Show”, Maintraum Studios Group Show, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993

Selected Awards

Bunker Hill Art Show, “Best in Show” Award, 1995, Boston, Mass.

New York / Santa Fe Workshop, Pastel and Watercolors, “Wild Child” and “Best in Show” Painting Awards 1992

Cincinnati Art Museum “Art and Flowers” Show, “Honorable Mention” Award 1990

Ault Park Garden Show, Cincinnati, Ohio , “Honorable Mention” Award, 1989

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, “Best in Show” Award, 1981

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, “Best in Show” Award, 1980

Selected Corporate and Company Collections

Proctor and Gamble Collection, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio

J.J.Gould Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Verdin Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Meridian Diagnostics, Cincinnati, Ohio

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Frost Brown and Todd LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio

Porter Wright Morris and Arthur LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio

Forms Gallery, Delray Beach, Fla.

Hart Production Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wolf Machine Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Best and Donovan Tool Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Park Homes Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

Selected Art Reviews

Cincinnati Post Newspaper, “Invasion of the Pigs”, Photograph of “Country Ham” Pig, Big Pig Gig, Art Works, Cincinnati, Ohio, Art Critic: Jerry Stein 2000

Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper , “Pig Parade”, Photograph of “Wake up and Smell the Bacon” Pig and article, Big Pig Gig, Art Works, Art Critic: Owen Findsen, Cincinnati, Ohio 2000

Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper, “ Pig Parade”/ photograph of “Country Ham” Pig and article, Big Pig Gig, Art Works, Art Critic: Owen Findsen, Cincinnati, Ohio 2000

Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper, “In the Dog House”, Art Critic: Owen Findsen, Cincinnati, Ohio 1994

Delray Beach News, “Pop View of the West”, Contributing Art Critic: Melba Silver, Delray Beach, Fla. 1994

Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper, “A Few Surprises: Classic to Contemporary”, Real Estate Editor: Carla Cossette, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993

Missoulian News, “Out On A Whim”, Art Critic: Ginny Merriam, Missoula, MT. 1993

Missoula Independent Newspaper, “Wild Women of the West”, Art Critic: Michael Regan, Missoula, MT 1993

Cincinnati Post Newspaper, “New Paintings”, Art Critic: Jerry Stein, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992

Eastside Weekend Newspaper, “Frame It”, Reporter, Cathy Barney, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992

Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper, “Spontaneous Zaniness”, Art Critic: Owen Findsen, Cincinnati, Ohio 1990

Indian Hill Living Magazine, “Explosive Constructions”, Art Critic: Fran Watson, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987

Cincinnati Enquirer Tristate Newspaper, “A Mixing of Mediums”, Contributing Reporters: Elizabeth Barkley and Kathy Doane, Cincinnati, Ohio 1987

Selected Guest Lectures

University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Department, Guest Lecturer, Cincinnati, Ohio 1992

The Cincinnati Art Club, Mt. Adams, Guest Lecturer and Painting Demonstration, Cincinnati, Ohio l990

The Merrill Chase Gallery, Guest Lecturer, Water Tower, Chicago, Ill. 1996

Suffolk University Guest Speaker, Boston, Mass. 1995, 1996

Missoula Art Festival Guest Speaker, Missoula, MT 1993

Boca Raton Women’s Club, Guest Lecturer, Boca Raton, Fla. 1994

Delray Beach Club, Guest Lecturer and Painting Demonstration, Delray Beach, Fla. 1995, 1996, 2000, 2005

Professional Teaching

Instructor, Painting, The Pendleton Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Instructor, Graphic Design, The Academy of Communicative Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio

Instructor and Creative Director, Graphic Design, The Florida Academy of Graphic Design, Boca Raton, Fla.

Instructor and Curator, Painting, The Studio of Creative Arts and Gallery, Boston, Mass.

Instructor, Bunker Hill Artists’ Workshop, Painting, Boston, Mass.


What Selected Critics Say:

Daniel Brown, Cincinnati Art Historian and Art Critic, Cincinnati, Ohio, says, “The surfaces of Lynn Rose Phillips’ paintings are sensuous, luxuriant, and exotic. Her world(s) bring the Vienna Secession to mind; the work of Klimt pervades her work without in any way copying his paintings. And since we are living in a decadent culture, Phillips’ hot-colored, intensely painted paintings seem as topical as anything regarding race, gender, and class and power relationships, which are all so pervasive in today’s overheated contemporary art scene. And color is the key component in her paintings, whether they are interpretations of cathedrals from Byzantium or Russia, portraits of elegant and/or whorish women, interpretations of dreams with a fairy-tale like component, collages or a revisitation of The Old West, which is where her work began decades ago. Highly stylized, her paintings refer back and forth to art history and to civilizations past and present. Her in-your-face sensuality and sexuality, both refer to women and to men. Her work runs the gamut from relatively representational to far more abstract. You’re in a wholly different world in her paintings; they are seductive, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed just by the textures and designs of the surfaces of all of her paintings. Phillips is very astute in understanding how women were treated in various cultures. They may have been controlled and lacked choices but Rose’s women always feel free and in charge, proud and cocky….the empowered female. It’s the optimism in her work that so appeals, along with the brilliance of her craft and of her bold and assured narratives. I have not seen work like Phillips anywhere in a very long time: it’s freshness will amaze and delight the viewer.


Owen Findsen, Art Critic, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, has critiqued Lynn Rose Phillips over the years at The Malton Gallery and The Miller Gallery and from various reviews has stated, “ Lynn adds to the art brew with joyful, exuberant, provocative, paintings , refreshing and original as the artist herself” that “ colorfully energize many a home with a mixed media of jewels, glitter and metallic paint that create spontaneous zaniness”.

“To be or not to be- serious, that is. Artist Lynn Rose Phillips chooses not to be, at least most of the time and that makes her paintings delightful. They are brightly colored, sometimes cartoon-like, sometimes outrageous, and you can’t look at the paintings without chuckling. She says she is usually depressed when she starts a painting and paints to cheer herself up. The paintings are all about the artist and her experiences as a woman and she says it’s not easy being female and that you simply have to have a sense of humor. She delivers her laughs with skill. The colors are bright and happy because Phillips has a fine feeling for color and the skill to orchestrate color to achieve happy effects.”


Fran Watson of The Indian Hill Living Magazine, Cincinnati, Ohio says, “ Whew! A first viewing of Lynn’s work at The Malton Gallery is a little like skinny dipping in a tub of cold champagne. Shocking, but delightful. And highly professional. This artist has made the mythical transition from graphic design to fine art which they say can’t be done. Discerning art collectors agree that her work takes a sizable chunk of time and effort and when the work entails the energy and detail of Lynn’s, it’s staggering. Six of her works were sold as they were being unpacked at The Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, even before her scheduled first solo show had even taken place that week. The visual activity is enormous and the audience will become lost in the pure pleasure of exploration, and the discovery alone is adequate entertainment. Within each of these fantasies is a serious premise for its existence. Often Lynn refers back to her favorite Art Academy study, Art History, for a theme. Medieval cathedrals, Near Eastern motifs, fictional flora and fauna, classical sagas figure in her unique compositions along with portraits of her family which reveal some nice pieces of traditional watercolor painting as their basis. She often bombards the senses with glitter, texture, color and the results of her continuous discovery of new materials. The intensity of her involvement makes each creation a very personal part of her life, one in which business-like detachment becomes difficult to maintain. And it is this very intensity which makes her work “bubbly, enthusiastic, and explosive”.


Jerry Stein of The Cincinnati Post Newspaper, Cincinnati, Ohio, says, “ Cincinnati artist Lynn Rose Phillips’s solo show at The Malton Gallery is bringing some flash and fun to this coming weekend. She has long made contemporary art with variety as a keynote with assemblages, 3-D constructions, and mixed media acrylic paintings on canvas and paper with colorful palettes emphasizing contrasting designs and tongue in cheek phrases of words. Underneath the humor, though, lurk some social and environmental concerns with even a few surprises. Her art is an experience that should not be missed”.


Michael Regan of The Missoula Independent Newspaper, Missoula Montana, says, “ Yee-Haw, and all that stuff. And then there’s Lynn Rose Phillips. Sutton West Gallery presents Lynn Rose Phillips in her first solo show in Montana. Though she’s lived in the Midwest a good part of her life, Phillips may be the wildest woman of the West with her Western Pop Art this weekend. She populates her work with “old boyfriends, unrequited lovers and people who’ve pissed me off”. She says these folks began showing up in her work in Western guises many years ago. Phillips frames cowboys, Native Americans, bikers, naked women and animals in colorful, benignly weird watercolors and acrylics like “Elaine Was Just Simply Too Tired To Get Dressed Today”, “He Was A Short, But Fun Kind of Guy”, which features a Native American Napoleon, and “She Didn’t Want To Be A Sheep Floozie”, a portrait of a large breasted ewe wearing nothing but a cigarette holder and orange high heels. Curly strands of hair attached to the top of the frame hang over the picture. She tries and succeeds in combining humor and serious issues in her work and what might be scary to Cincinnati, her home town, we here in Missoula think it wonderfully over the top and more than acceptable to Montana.”


Melba Silver of The Palm Beach Plus Column of the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, Delray Beach, Florida, says, “Tenderfoots, saddle up Old Paint and ride along with Lynn Rose Phillips and her wild-eyed cowboys, cowgirls looking for trouble, and a heap of Injuns on the warpath-all rustled up and corralled with feisty cowpunchers, tumblin’ tumbleweeds, and wailing coyotes. Forms Gallery, one of Delray’s popular spots on gallery row specializing in contemporary Southwestern art now hosts Lynn Rose Phillips with a solo show. Lynn hasn’t been snoozin’ in the bunkhouse ‘cause every prairie dog, greenhorn, and varmint we know from mesa to canyon collects these rib-tickling, lighthearted paintings, sculpture, and clothing that will colorfully energize every homestead or silver mine along any dusty trail. The series of acrylic paintings along with their colorful palettes emphasizing dynamic designs and arresting colors is an account of Ms. Phillips own lifetime experiences set in Western mode. She must be dancing a two- step with the accolades that are now being sent her way. “