I am strongly imprinted into the open spaces of the Great Plains where I was born and have spent most of my life. My paintings reflect this celebration of open sky and landscape, with a hint of human occupation. My intention is to engage the viewer in this isolation, but not dictate response. I strive to incorporate timeless universal icons into the landscape. A recent trip to the Kazakh Steppe in Central Asia reinforced my efforts at a universal dialog of the sparsely inhabited visual environments. Recent attempts place emphasis on content and subject over technique and medium, in an effort to better communicate with the viewer.
Phil Epp was born in York, Nebraska in 1946. Phil was awarded the Kansas Governors Artist award in 1985. His paintings have been shown at Galleries in New Mexico, Chicago and Kansas City and New York. Numerous monumental public works have been awarded honors including “8 wonders of Kansas Art” in 2009 and ”Water Tower of the Year” in 2010. In 2009, Phil was selected as a U.S. cultural ambassador to Kazakhstan with the Department of States’ “Art in Embassies” program. His work is currently on display at the U. S. embassy in Riga, Latvia. Epps studio is based in Kansas and he continues to travel, photograph and paint the empty western vistas.