Phyllis Gorsen, born in Philadelphia, PA, received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and California. Many of her paintings are in collections throughout the United States. Gorsen currently works out of her studio located in Philadelphia.
Phyllis Gorsen has painted in several styles and mediums over the years, primarily figurative, collage, and abstract work. Recently focusing on the commonality of shared patterns connecting people together. Gorsen explores this through the duality of abstraction and representation. Abstraction comes in the form of geometric compositions that upon further exploration reveal elements of the familiar and commonplace. Representational components come in both recognizable forms and symbolic interpretations of various facets of human experience such as language, technology, spirituality, environment, and culture. These components are surrounded and injected with the strong lines on the canvas which bridge and connect them together, illustrating how these elements form a shared, communal bond.