Featured Artist Philip Roberts

These beautifully and meticulously crafted artworks by artist Philip Roberts are comprised of multiple layers of laser-cut wood, creating fine detail and depth of texture.

 

Artist Philip Roberts with "Get Lost Here" Wood, 48" x 32" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Philip Roberts with “Get Lost Here” Wood, 48″ x 32″

 

I am a happily married full-time artist from rural New Jersey. I rely heavily on the ability to leverage modern day technology to bring my meticulous designs to life. These strengths are born from my love of art, design, machinery and years of traditional woodworking.

 

"Buy the Ticket" (Detail) Wood, 8" x 32" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Buy the Ticket” (Detail) Wood, 8″ x 32″

 

The pieces shown here are about 1.5 inches thick and made up of twelve individual layers of laser-cut wood. The physical depth that accompanies the design adds another dimension of texture for the mind to explore (which is unfortunately lost in photographs).

 

"Adrift" Wood, 48" x 32" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Adrift” Wood, 48″ x 32″

 

It brings joy to my heart when I’m presenting my work and someone stops, moves forward until their face is two inches from the work, walks back about ten feet and then repeats this process two or three more times. This interaction shows they are evaluating the overall design while also exploring the fine details that add to the larger image.

 

"Empire State" Wood, 16" x 24" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Empire State” Wood, 16″ x 24″

 

My hope is to create pieces that allow people to slow down, even if just for a moment. If someone lets their mind take a slow breath while looking at a piece, my job is complete.

 

"Octave" Wood, 24" x 32" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Octave” Wood, 24″ x 32″

 

Please slow down. Let your eyes and mind wander together. Life is now moving so fast it is essential we design our surroundings with elements that relax the mind.

 

Detail, "Sun and Clouds" Wood, 16" x 8" by Philip Roberts. See his artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

Detail, “Sun and Clouds” Wood, 16″ x 8″

 

The process for creation is tedious. While I preach the “slow down” message, my own old habits die hard and I often find taking my own advice wildly difficult. Thankfully, the process to create these pieces absolutely forces me to slow down.

 

Artist Philip Roberts at work in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Philip Roberts at work in his studio

 

As with everything in life, the process can either be painful or therapeutic and the choice is always ours. Contentment is an everyday choice, not a destination. Someday, I will finally learn that the faster I design a new piece of work, the longer it takes.

 

"Poi Pet" Wood, 12" x 12" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Poi Pet” Wood, 12″ x 12″

 

The past year has been one wild ride. I’ve learned so much and am only scratching the surface. I owe a huge thanks to the many folks who have supported my work from the beginning and the artists who I constantly interrogate for advice.

 

"Pearly Whites" Wood, 8" x 16" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pearly Whites” Wood, 8″ x 16″

 

The hard-earned experience that is so freely shared by the “old-timer” artists is an incredible lifeline to the “youngbloods” such as myself. I would not have survived this landscape without their generous guidance.

 

"Calm Sister" Wood, 16" x 24" by artist Philip Roberts. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Calm Sister” Wood, 16″ x 24″

 

The future is extremely exciting and I’m humbled by the invitations to participate in upcoming juried art events. There is so much to learn and I thank everyone for being so kind.

 

Artist Philip Roberts invites you to follow him on Instagram and Facebook. To see more of his work, visit his website.

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