Philip Campbell Curtis
– November 12
) was an American painter
best remembered for his surrealist
scenes often featuring figures in Victorian dress
. He was also the founding director of the Phoenix Art Center, which became the Phoenix Art Museum
. He was called a "Magical Realist
," and "Magritte
of the Old West
" by some writers.
Curtis was born in Jackson, Michigan and received a B.A. from Albion College and enrolled in the art program at Yale in 1932. In 1947, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he converted a stable into a home and studio. He died in Scottsdale in 2000.