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Peter Phillips is one of the preeminent British Pop Artists of our time. His work ranges from oils on canvas to multi-media compositions and collages. Vibrant in color and filled with iconography of images drawn from daily life, Peter’s work appeals to the spectator’s memory, elevates curiosity and awakens their minds to the world around them. As one of the originators of Pop Art, Peter got his start at the Royal College of Arts with his fellow students David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and others of the British Pop Art Movement. When he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship he moved to New York, where he exhibited his work alongside his American counterparts Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Phillips later returned to Europe, where he now resides and continues to paint and exhibit.


eng-button  Peter Phillips (1939, Birmingham, UK)

From 1955 to 1959 Peter Phillips studied at the Birmingham college of art and, from 1959 to 1962, at the Royal College of Art, London, where the other students included R. B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, Derek Boshier, Patrick Caulfield, and David Hockney.
In 1959 he visited Paris and started to exhibit at the RBA Galleries, London. At the Young Contemporaries exhibition in 1961 he was considered to be one of the most promising young exponents of British Pop Art, a movement that had its roots in the Independent Group, founded in London in 1952, and that was promoted above all by the artist Eduardo Paolozzi. However, his art has always been closer to the boldness of American Pop Art than that of the British: in fact his imagery is mainly taken from American sources and is painted in the aggressive manner of American advertising. As a result some critics have considered his work to be harsh though others, such as the British artist Richard Smith, have noted that, beneath the brilliant surface, he “adds darkness to brightness”. The artist himself has stated that his work represents “multi-assemblages of spatial, iconographical, and technical factors”.
From 1964 to 1966 he lived in New York, where he had gone on a Harkness Scholarship, and, together with the artist Allen Jones, he traveled around the United States by car, an icon that was to become a constant element in his work. From 1968 to 1969 he was Guest Professor at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg. His first British solo show was held in 1976 at the Waddington Galleries, London. From 1983 to 1986 he travelled around Europe, above Mallorca in Spain. From 1992 to 1995 he frequently visited the United States and Canada for exhibitions in cities including Montreal, Boston, Houston and New York. In 2002 a retrospective show of his work was organized in Modena.  In the next few years he made frequent trips to Miami and New York and would spend his winters in Austria. He later settled in Zurich and then in Mallorca.
His work is to be found in many international public collections, including SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium; CAMeC Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia, Italy; Berardo Museum, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the CAM   Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; and Tate Britain, London.