Phil Bender studied at Metropolitan State College of Denver and has been showing his work throughout Colorado for decades. He is one of the founders of Pirate Contemporary Art space in Denver, and he exhibited his work in a solo show at the Denver Art Museum in 1996.
Phil is a collector of objects. He scours secondhand shops and antique stores to gather previously owned artifacts, which he then stores in endless boxes and stacks waiting to be arranged in the studio. These three playing card decks depict scenic landscapes from the West and may have been purchased by tourists as souvenirs or for entertainment. Phil is particularly interested in the cards that have been worn through repeated use because of the stories they tell about their previous owners.