Philip Samerjan was born on November 11, 2000, in Sonoma California, to internationally collected artist Michelle Samerjan and a world-class advertising photographer and marketing genius in the Fashion/Beauty business, Peter Samerjan. Philip took an interest in creative pursuits by playing in his mother’s studio painting with watercolor
Philip Samerjan was born on November 11, 2000, in Sonoma California, to internationally collected artist Michelle Samerjan and a world-class advertising photographer and marketing genius in the Fashion/Beauty business, Peter Samerjan. Philip took an interest in creative pursuits by playing in his mother’s studio painting with watercolors at just two years old. Eventually, he sold his abstract watercolor prints at age 6 through Blackburn Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. This first exhibition “My World” would cement his desire to pursue art as a career. Exposed to a myriad of different media as he grew up, he took an interest in sculpting clay, inking, and art markers. The most pivotal artistic moments for him was during High School when his father recommended he start creating works in the digital space. Philip’s father Peter had been a trendsetter in the early days of color photography where he pioneered methods with strobe lights and early photo editing in a pre-digital world, as well as later revolutionizing mass CMYK printing techniques with Pantone bumps. Philip’s environs at home gave him world-class exposure to light and color theory. This emphasis on staying technologically ahead led him to want to express his creative vision in the most modern way possible. He passed the proverbial torch by giving Philip his old Wacom tablet and Adobe account. This led him to have a newfound passion for the medium of Digital art being able to pursue any creative idea he wanted, on his terms. While primarily self-taught, he would go on to Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Now continuing to refine his skill set and get back into the business of selling art. His style has evolved substantially from more abstract brushwork to now working more on figurative art with a fashion-centric twist. Every character design developed by him takes elements from history and mashes them with the modern world of couture to form a unique creative vision. Another element of his current style is a strong emphasis on abstract color usage making every piece a colorful wonderland.
While initially a traditional artist with watercolors, Philip has moved to the digital art space. He has created hundreds of virtual brushes and developed advanced techniques over multiple platforms to breathe traditional life into his work. Digital art allows him to problem solve and experiment with different color palettes and brushwor
While initially a traditional artist with watercolors, Philip has moved to the digital art space. He has created hundreds of virtual brushes and developed advanced techniques over multiple platforms to breathe traditional life into his work. Digital art allows him to problem solve and experiment with different color palettes and brushwork to develop spontaneous but refined art. Digital is the new world's currency. In recent months, he has started printing his works on Fine Art Giclee papers, Fine Art Giclee canvas, and dye sublimation printed with archival dyes on high gloss white aluminum. Known as ChromaLuxe, this process delivers exceptional detail and show-stopping resolution for the intense color depth and modern aesthetic seen in all of Philip’s works. To accommodate a Gallery ready market, he is creating embellishments on his canvas prints only, ranging from overlays of acrylic paint, metallic paints and three-dimensional paints and pens. These embellishments further help to let the hand of the artist show through his works. All are generally described with each canvas image for sale in the Shop section of this Website. Philip offers all his signed closed limited editions in intimate numbers of 75 plus 10 Artist Proofs with a Certificate of Authenticity for every piece. Way lower numbers than industry standards. A great way to acquire works by him at affordable prices, and for new art collectors to kick off their collection of his fine works of art.
Philip's works of fine art are an amuse-bouche (one or two bites) of a magical universe. An epic animated television series in production by him with over five hundred characters and muses in illustrative and storyboard development. A petite release of these works intended to ignite a gallery-ready market with excited collectors of his hi
Philip's works of fine art are an amuse-bouche (one or two bites) of a magical universe. An epic animated television series in production by him with over five hundred characters and muses in illustrative and storyboard development. A petite release of these works intended to ignite a gallery-ready market with excited collectors of his highly imaginative and oh-so-original fine works of art. Philip has just been the recipient and is a Platinum winner of the 2022 MUSE Creative and Design Awards in the category of Art & Design which had well over 6,000 entries. When he is not winning awards, below is a little teaser from his provocative life's lens. Sunheart: Flash of the Blade: This story focuses on the journey of Kenzo Tezuka, who seeks to become the greatest Samurai swordsman in all of the Oroshi isles. Kenzo initially works in the service of the Udo Empire but comes to learn and experience dark truths about it. So, Kenzo now must help ally the other clans together to make a stand against the invading Udo empire before it is too late! Along the way, Kenzo makes lifelong friends and goes on a spiritual journey as he must overcome seven deadly samurai from his past along with Emperor Udo! The world of Oroshi is influenced heavily by Japanese History, specifically the end of the Sengoku Jidai with different clans vying to unify Japan. Much of the visual style fuses traditional Ukiyo-E colors and fashion alongside American realism painting techniques. Another strong influence on this style is classic Japanese samurai cinema, with directors like Akira Kurosawa, whose visual language has contributed to much of Philip's style. The last two influences are contemporary Japanese anime and 1970s kung fu movies that have also influenced his visual language.
Sunheart: Electric Crown: Kenzo Tezuka's grandson, Garlan Milano, is a private investigator working in San Midiri. Garlan tries to foil an assassination plot against the Cordelia President and fails terribly. This time Garlan meets and falls madly in love with Vespa Voltalia. Vespa gets accused of being involved with the assassination plot. To prove her innocence, she and Garlan must travel the different worlds of Cordelia and uncover who was behind the crime. Their adventure leads to a deep dive into a government conspiracy, the criminal underworld, and the changing times. Can these star-crossed lovers make it in this cold, unfeeling world? Electric Crown is an evolution of Flash of the Blade's world, now taking place in the rest of the inner Cordelia solar system. Film genres like Bladerunner and Sunset Boulevard would come to mind. Electric Crown nods to gangster drama in films like The Godfather and other crime-related serials. Artistically, Electric Crown now combines 1950s advertising illustration alongside the American Realism school of painting. Fashion-wise the series mixes contemporary couture style with a 1950's twist containing a lot of iconography of old-school Hollywood.
Sunheart: Worlds Colliding: Luxar Milano is obsessed with heroes of the past and wants to go on great adventures in a neutered society. Opportunity comes along when Luxar is requested to help a young man named Avi Prakash fight against occupiers on the outer rim planet of Calpur. Quickly Luxar finds himself embroiled in a growing revolution amongst the outer planets who want to escape the oppressive tendrils of the Cordelia government. Now all bets are off as both the governments of Cordelia and Meliora face off! The epics of old, especially works like The Aeneid, Dante's Inferno, classic adventure serials, and the American Revolution. Artistically, it draws heavily from the Renaissance, emphasizing religious iconography mixed with science fiction works. It combines to form a Futuristic Renassaince style that seeks to reinterpret the old in a bold future-looking manner. Fashion-wise a lot of the series draws from historical styles from across the globe, alongside the couture big fashion houses of the early 2000s and 1990s. Muse Influence: Characters in the world of Sunheart can awaken a power called a Muse. Each of these powers is a representation of the user's innermost will. These designs can range from tribal masks to riffs on everyday objects, insects, animals, and even art movements brought into humanoid form. Classical epics heavily influenced to help compose what a Muse is with the concept of Invocation of the Muse, where a poet looks to a deity to aid in forming a poem mixed in with guardian deities in Eastern culture. A Muse in Philip's work can represent any topic imaginable. All it takes is the power of imagination!