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 Melvin A. Phillips  (1893 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: portrait painting, magazine illustration, teaching

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The following information was submitted in September of 2006 by his daughter Nancee Carol Phillips Irwin:

His correct name is A.(Archie) Melvin Phillips, born February 7, 1893 in Chicago, Illinois, died February 28, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. 

He was educated at The Chicago Art Institute in the early 1900's.  He fought in France with the U.S. Army during the First World War, returned home completed his education at the Art Institute and went to work for the Chicago Portrait Company.  He became Art Director there about 1935.  He worked there till the mid 50's when his health precluded him from going out to work.  He continued to do portraits for the company from home.  Also, during those years prior to his death he was the offical artist for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Painting priests, monsignors, bishops and cardinals for the church during those years.  The portrait you show in his information is one of two which he did of the late Samuel Cardinal Stritch during those years.

He mainly worked in oil, as well as doing many pastels, some water colors, charcoals and pen and ink drawings.

I don't remember him being involved in any art organizations though he may have been in his early years.  I know that did some illustration work on the side from time to time, including at least one piece for Coca Cola with their trademark Santa Claus.

During his time at the Art Institute he did receive at least one award but I am unable at this time to give details on it.

His training was as a classical artist and that is seen in his works.


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