HAROLD PHENIX (1928-2009)
Harold Phenix was born in 1928 in Houston. Interested in art from an early age, Phenix pursued his passion at the University of Texas earning a degree in architectural engineering and remained in Houston after graduation maintaining a dual career as an engineer and artist. He was a notable artist-in-residence for Conoco, Inc. known for his expert designs of offshore platforms as well as his spectacular paintings of the oil industry.
In addition to his stellar reputation at Conoco, Inc. Phenix was also a lifelong friend and protégé of E.M. “Buck” Shiwetz, who was the first to encourage Phenix to find his own way as an artist. Following Shiwetz’s advice, Phenix excelled in painting, creating his unique impressionistic style with a brilliant mastery of subject matter, color and design. Exploring everything from landscapes and cityscapes to lighthouses and airplanes, Phenix truly demonstrated his mastery over subject matter.
Phenix’s flexibility with his subject matters led him to travel extensively through Texas exploring the diverse landscape. His regional paintings depicted serene seascapes, crowded harbors and beaches, fields of vibrant spring flowers and busy city streets. Painting quaint towns and bustling city centers, Phenix captured the uniqueness of Texas life. As one of the state’s most prominent watercolorists, Phenix had over seventy five exhibitions throughout his career, twenty of which were one man shows. From individual shows to artistic workshops and lectures, Phenix truly made his mark on the Texas art scene.
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