Peter Phillips(1939-), Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Phillips was born in Birmingham, where he studied at the College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art, London. He went to New York in 1964 after receiving a Harkness Fellowship and since 1966 has lived in Switzerland, Mallorca and Germany. Influenced by Jasper Johns’s flag and target paintings, Phillips borrowed his imagery from such popular sources as game boards, funfairs and comic books, using an airbrush to achieve flat surfaces. He had solo exhibitions at the Kornblee Gallery (1965 and 1966) and Galerie Bischofberger (1968 and 1969). His retrospectives include those at the Westfälischer Kunstverein (1972), Walker Art Gallery (1982-3), Casal Solleric (1997) and Galleria Civica Modena (2002).
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