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Phil Sandusky

Phil Sandusky

Phil Sandusky is a nationally renowned plein air impressionist landscape and cityscape painter who
has had more than 30 solo exhibits across the country, including one at the Cummer Art Museum. His
family moved to Jacksonville when he was an infant in 1959 and he resided in Jacksonville until 1981.
He graduated from Ed White high school and then from Jacksonville University with a BA in Physics in
1980. He studied art privately from a very early age with Jacksonville artists Marjorie Edwards (now
Marjorie Oding) and Cleve Miller. He also studied intermittently at the Art students League of New York
and with Robert Brackman in Connecticut. At first he was predominantly a studio painter, working from
the still life, portrait, and figure, but when his career as an engineer in the oil industry brought him to
New Orleans, he began to paint more often outdoors, admiring New Orleans’ eclectic old architecture,
decayed urban neighborhoods, and lush tropical flora. In 1992 he left engineering to pursue his art full
time. Over the years he emerged to become a dominant force in South Louisiana’s representational
painting community, and he also began to see his beloved home town of Jacksonville anew through the
eyes of a landscape painter. On his frequent extended trips to Jacksonville he has produced a significant
body of plein air landscape paintings capturing the beauty of the city and the region, from the majestic
buildings of downtown, to the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and San Marco, to the Southside’s
quaint waterways. Sandusky has reproduced 85 of these paintings in a book called Jacksonville Through
a Painter’s Eyes, with text about his experiences as an art student in Jacksonville in the 1960s and 70s.

Sandusky has written three other books, New Orleans en Plein Air, Painting Katrina, and New Orleans
Impressionist Cityscapes (just released Sept 2012). He has also been the subject of, and often himself
written, many articles in such national periodicals as “American Artist.” He is also one of only 276 artists
referenced in A Unique Slant of Light, the official bicentennial art history of Louisiana, commissioned by
the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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