El Loco Ocho, 2022
Brian Phillips is a visual artist residing in Austin, Texas. To Brian, dumpsters contain treasure and gold can be found in scrap piles on the side of the road. Reclaimed wood forms the foundation of his work, and is often rife with imperfection — blemishes, knots, and nail holes all contribute to the individuality of his finished pieces.
Working in a reclaimed shed originally built forty years ago from salvaged materials, Brian uses his studio and workshop to cut, plane, paint, and reassemble rejected material into something new. As a native of the Lone Star State, Brian’s work embraces the beauty and resilience of his home state, and his work is a celebration of life and everything that makes it worth living.