Philip Selzer was born in 1954 in Akron, Ohio. A natural talent from a very early age, Phil went on to study art at the University of Akron, graduating cum laude with a BFA, emphasis painting. Just prior to his earning his degree, Phil was inducted into the Ohio Water Color Society through a juried competition. At that time he was the youngest member ever inducted into the society.
Phil taught secondary art for eight years while he continued to paint and show his work. He also began to dabble in wildfowl carving. Within less than five years, Phil had become an accomplished world-class carver, winning several awards throughout the United States. In 1994 he won second place at the prestigious Ward World Championship Pairs Competition in Ocean City, Maryland. Phil was not only able to capture “lifelike” qualities in his carvings, he was best known for his painting finishes.
In 2005, Phil returned to painting exclusively in oils. An avid outdoorsman with a keen sense of nature, he has spent the last several years painting landscapes and cityscapes that depict aspects of everyday life. He portrays ordinary people engaged in common activities, offering the viewer a suggestive narrative. His work may include an intimate dialogue between a pair at the park or the bustle of a crowd at a farmer’s market. One can easily imagine oneself within the story.
In late 2011 Phil was commissioned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities to complete a painting for the newly built Hilton Hotel, Downtown Columbus and in 2012 he completed a work for the Columbus Partnership.
Most recently, two of Phil’s paintings were selected for the 2014 Ohio Governor’s Office & Residential Artwork Loan. Ohio artists submit 2D and 3D works that are juried by members of the Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art. The work is displayed in the Governor’s mansion and the State House for a period of one year.
“I find that what often draws me to a painting subject is the contrast
between light and shadow. Trying to capture the play of light,
atmosphere and the seasons of the year can be a challenge and yet
inspiring experience. Since a young boy, I have been drawn to nature and
this is why I have chosen to concentrate my work as a plein air artist.
My work depicts landscapes, as well as cityscapes. Clients would say
that they could see themselves sitting a garden or walking through an
art fair that I have depicted in one of my works. Everyday people