David Phillips (aka wino-strut) is a stalwart of the Los Angeles contemporary art world and music scene. Working from his studio in Los Angeles, California his work is in stark contrast to that of other contemporary artists. Phillips believes in creating almost all aspects of his work by hand and rarely goes to art stores. He often looks at the back of other artist’s work to see how the piece was made. Dedicated to materials and craftsmanship wino-strut’s visual aesthetic has been critiqued and referred to as “Beatnik Americana Avant-Garde with a Western Flare” (Art News). His bold and conceptual works continue to amaze patrons, bring buyers, and captivate collectors all over the world. David’s unique vision and style goes beyond traditional standards of art on canvas and pushes the boundary of what art is and can be. Phillips' art is hard to make and hard to get. His pieces are rarely shown publicly and in private collections throughout the world.
"I named my art wino-strut. I needed something that was larger than the art world. I make films, collage, abstract paintings, figurative paintings, write music. I make contemporary art out of anything I can get my hands on. If we ever meet I’ll buy you a beer and tell you the story behind the original term wino-strut.”
While paintings dry, Phillips writes songs and performs live throughout the world under the name “wino-strut & Friends”. Their live show has been reviewed as “high energy, raucous, debaucherous, and not to be missed.” (LA Weekly 2019)
Phillips is also the owner of the private LA gallery Hotel Room Destroyer.