Phil Rachelson is a contemporary painter, sculptor, and gallery curator. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, a narrative thread that can be seen through much of his work. He received his BFA at the City College of New York. His artwork has been shown in group and solo shows in the US and Europe, and is in several private collections.
He worked as a colorist for Marvel and DC Comics from 1970-82. Several of the publications have been on display at MOCCA NY and on comic book fan sites.
Rachelson taught art outreach programs at the Staten Island and Hudson River Museums. From 1978-86, he ran the photo reproduction department at Times Mirror Magazines, where he also freelanced as a photographer for Ski Magazine. He painted and sculpted during this period, creating a large body of work, from early abstracts to more representational expressionist pieces.
In the mid 1980s and 90s he worked as a preparator in notable New York galleries, such as David Finlay, Blum Helman, Gagosian, Julie Saul, and others. In 2010, he opened The Forge Studio and Gallery in Milford, PA, showing work by contemporary artists.
Rachelson currently lives and works in Shohola, PA. His paintings are mostly acrylic on canvas, and he is sculpting in local wood, inspired by his lifestyle, current events, and his natural surroundings.