Posted: June 24, 2008 in Uplifting
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Several years ago I was signing on to my Yahoo account, and in their featured news section, there was a video of an artist with talent beyond the scope of any descriptive text.  I visited his website and was pleasantly shocked at what he displayed there. His artwork ranges from self portraits, to important figures in our society, to our present commander-in-chief.  Sounds simple right? NOT IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD. What takes his artwork to another level, that NO artist I have never seen has done, is the surfaces he uses for the artwork, the way he transfers the paint to the piece, or what he uses to create certain images. For Example, his latest piece is called “Lance”. It’s titled for the seven time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, who, before this achievement, survived Testicular Cancer. Oh yeah, those titles were all won consecutively from 1999-2005. Talk about dominating a sport. Anyway, Phil created a painting of the bust of Mr. Armstrong by laying a canvas on the floor of his studio, attaching buckets of different paint colors to the handle bars of a TRICYCLE,and allowing the paint to run down over the wheel of the tricycle as he rode over the canvas, the tire tracks giving him his desired image.  It may sound confusing or impossible, but check it out for yourself.  Phil also tackles social issues with his artwork. Another of his pieces is of our President, ole’ Georgy Porgy. The way he executed this one, no pun intended, was taking the names of Coalition Soldiers that have been KILLED in the Iraq war up until April 30th of 2005, and he wrote them on a canvas to form the smiling leader of our nation, with the very symbol of patriotism in the background.  There are plenty more pieces that amazed me, shocked me or that were just unbelievable, contained on his site, and for the majority of them, he’s imbedded videos to watch. Chronicling the process of creating each one, for the non believers of course. Stop by, be inspired and participate in his “Goodbye Art” section. In this section, he involves the viewers of his website in some fashion and creates a work of art from what he gets from us. Once completed, this artwork is destroyed. Either by Phil or Nature. Oh yeah, for anyone who hasn’t been hibernating in recent years, check out the Goodbye Art for May, its all about Sports. One of his pieces is of Roger Clemens, but it is made from Syringes. AMAZING!!! Check out his many masterpieces and come back to let me know what you think. His website is  http://www.philinthecircle.com.


  1. Anthony Bowers says:

    Hey Jaz, how’s life? congrad’s on the promotion,you deserve everything coming to you. I checked out Phil Hansen’s site and I must say he has amazing art, I especially like the messege in the Dr.King poster, that is a wonderful work of art. Thanks for reaching out,love you very much and I’ll talk to soon.

  2. Hadiyah Abdul-Saboor says:

    Jaz, i really enjoyed lookin at Phil Hansens artwork. It was interesting and i am inspired to do something similar if i ever get the time! Thank you for educating me on something so interesting.. lata

  3. Baseer says:

    The artist creativity is awesome and his choices are guarded.

    Thanks for sharing Jaz…..Peace

  4. Shenita says:

    He is a phenomenal talent. Thank you for sharing!

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