(1788 - 1865)
Ammi Phillips was active/lived in New York, Connecticut. Ammi Phillips is known for naive portrait and figure painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Ammi Phillips was born in Colebrook, Connecticut and began painting
portraits of western Massachusetts subjects in about 1811. In 1813 he
married Laura Brockway of Schodack, New York, and briefly lived in Troy
before settling in Rhinebeck, in Dutchess County. While there, Phillips
painted likenesses on both sides of the New York/New England border.
These "Border Period'' portraits, executed in pastel shades from 1812
through 1819, feature sitters with gangly arms, glancing sideways. In
the 1820s, Phillips experimented with dark and light color contrasts in
his portraits of Dutchess, Orange, and Columbia County residents.
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his first wife's death, Phillips remarried, lived for a time in Amenia,
New York, and then settled in 1836 in Kent and Sharon, Connecticut. His
"Kent Period'' portraits feature darker compositions, often with
brilliant patches of bright color, and elegant, graceful poses and
Phillips returned to Amenia in about 1838, lived in
Northeast, New York for a decade, and died in Curtisville, New York in
1865. His more than six hundred extant likenesses span an artistic
career of nearly sixty years.
and Howard P. Fertig, Revisiting Ammi Phillips: Fifty Years of American
Portraiture, New York, Museum of American Folk Art, 1994;
D'Ambrosio and Charlotte Emans, Folk Art's Many Faces: Portraits in the
New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, 1987, pp. 125-127,
Beatrix T. Rumford, ed., American Folk Portraits: Paintings and
Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Boston,
1981, pp. 149-150.
Credit from Sotheby's New York
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