Colorado & Regional Art

Illusion

Illusion

Year 1985

Artist Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose (1928–2018, American)

Media oil on canvas

Dimensions 36 x 48 inches

A Denver native, Montrose began to paint at age seven while bedridden with rheumatic fever. Her first subject was a “confused-looking robin sitting on a golf ball.” She was sent to the Westlake School for Girls in California and then attended the University of Denver where she studied art with Angelo di Benedetto and Julio de Diego. In the early 1950s she took classes at the school run by di Benedetto and Frank Vavra at 924 Broadway. She also attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the University of Colorado and studied in Florence and Rome. Her many world travels have influenced her work. In 1961, Montrose opened her Central City Art Gallery for three summers, which showed many important Colorado artists such as Watson Bidwell, Mina Conant, Ken Goehring, Edward Marecak and her own work. Her paintings are surrealistic and often very personal. She had two daughters. Montrose passed away in 2018.

ON VIEW in Promenade Gallery 2

Signature Signed "Phyllis Montrose 1985" lower right corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Gift of the Artist

Accession Number 2006.0341