2012 Peoples Health Champion
Phillip Sage portrait in oil
by Auseklis Ozols
Phillip Sage is a master printmaker and artist whose work has been sought after by galleries and collectors of fine art from around the world for the last four decades.
Born in Manchester, NH, he became an entrepreneur at the age of 8. His formal education includes a BA in Economics and Business Administration from St. Anselm’s College as well as a BFA from Cooper Union in Graphic Design. At Cooper Union he studied under his mentor, Charles Klabunde, as well as photography with Michael A. Vaccaro. He completed his military obligation by becoming an officer in the US Coast Guard stationed in New Orleans. During this time he came to know and love the beauty of southern living and its gracious people. In 1971 he began his career as a printmaker and painter. Southern Louisiana has been his home and artistic inspiration throughout his prominent career.
Mr. Sage works exclusively with copper plates using an antique English press. His limited edition prints are printed on the finest paper with the effort done entirely by hand in the tradition of master intaglio printmakers. His artwork richly portrays the traditions of the South and the history of New Orleans. His etchings, when viewed by native and tourist alike invoke a feeling of romantic nostalgia.
His extraordinary talent and determination has recently brought him a Peoples Health Champion’s Award as an individual over the age of 65 who has made a notable achievement in art conservation, specifically, removing mold from fine art etchings printed on even the most fragile types of paper.
While not riding an Arabian horse or playing polo, Mr. Sage remains active in the art world. He donates his artwork for many charitable causes and participates in group exhibitions and solo-shows thus enabling him to meet his collectors. He is represented by numerous galleries in the South, continues his work in conservation and occasionally takes commissions for paintings in oil or watercolor.