Phillip Hua's current body of work consists of images of trees that are painted and manipulated on the computer, then superimposed onto sheets of The Wall Street Journal and other financial newspapers. Mimicking the commodification and manufacturing of nature, the sheets are each wrapped in packaging tape then assembled together. When exposed to sunlight and time, these works begin to yellow and degrade, paralleling our current climate condition. Serving as an extended visual metaphor for our relationship with nature, this series addresses the issue of the environment through the themes of technology, commerce, and activism.
Born in San Jose, California, Hua received his BFA from the Academy of Art University in 2003. He has exhibited nationally, including the Cornell Museum of Art and History, FL, Coos Art Museum, WA, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, MI, Google Inc. Headquarters, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the San Francisco Art Commission's Art In Storefronts project. His work has been featured in 7x7 Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, California Home + Design, Interior Design Magazine and Art Ltd. Hua teaches Digital Media at the Academy of Art University and currently lives and works in San Francisco.