Photo Collage

Phil Smith

While growing up in Decatur (IL), Phil Smith studied art privately for eight years with a number of artists and teachers at Millikin University.  After moving to the Chicago area in 1969, he began to photograph subjects to paint in his spare time.  Smith joined several area art leagues and began exhibiting his original framed photographic images.  In 1983, Phil merged the disciplines of painting and photography, constructing three-dimensional mixed-media collage pieces that combine original photographic images with airbrush and traditional painting techniques and found objects.

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