PETER PHILLIPS (b 1939)
Leading Pop Artist Peter Phillips trained at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and Derek Boshier. Together these artists transformed the 1960’s art scene.
They celebrated contemporary culture, drawing on sources such as advertising, popular music, cars and comics for their iconography.
For his own work, Phillips himself selected images of pin ups, custom cars, car components, comic books, and more abstract elements drawn, for example, from sign-writing and funfairs. He used a collage-like approach to his paintings and prints.
He was born in Birmingham, England and trained initially at Moseley Road School of Art and Birmingham School of Art. Following his time at the Royal College, he taught at Birmingham and Coventry Art Colleges.
In 1964, the award of a Harkness Fellowship enabled him to move to New York. He toured the States with fellow artist Allen Jones and exhibited alongside Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist.
During this period he exhibited at the Paris Biennale and contributed to a touring Pop Art exhibition that visited The Hague, Vienna and Berlin.
Since returning to Europe in 1966 he has held major exhibitions in Munster (1972), at the Tate Gallery (1976) and in Milan (1982). A retrospective toured the UK in 1982-83. Another retrospective was held in Italy in 2002.
He continues to live and work in Europe and to exhibit regularly.
Many of Peter Phillips work are held in the Tate Gallery in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Council Collection, LA County Museum and many other public collections in the UK, the rest of Europe and the USA.