RICHARD PHILLIPS, Blue Sector Medium, 2015, oil and wax emulsion on linen, 72 × 44 1/2 inches (182.9 × 113 cm). Photo by Rob McKeever
In his paintings, Richard Phillips engages the complex web of human obsessions to do with sexuality, politics, power, death that are constantly exploited in mainstream media. Subjecting popular images to a range of classical painterly techniques, he estranges their familiarity and thus imbues them with new meaning. Photographic images of politicians are re–cast in neon, while supermodels are represented as academic paintings, as if to augment their status as pop icons. Over and over again throughout his work, the glossy idealism of advertising propaganda is subverted by his underlying resistance to its blatant seduction.
Richard Phillips was born in 1962 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He received his B.F.A. in 1984 from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and his M.F.A. in 1986 from Yale University of Art, Connecticut. Phillips’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows, including “Greater New York,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000); “No Ghost Just a Shell,” Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2002); “No Ghost Just a Shell: The Annlee Project,” Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands (2003); “No Ghost Just a Smell,” Museum Of Contemporary Art, Miami (2008); “Diana und Actaeon,” The Forbidden Glimpse of the Naked Body. Museum Kunst Palest, Düsseldorf (2009); “Adolf Dietrich/Richard Phillips, Painting and Misappropriation,” Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2010); and “The Deer,” Le Consortium Dijon, France (2012). Recent solo museum exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2000); Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2002); “Paintings and Drawings,” Le Consortium, France (2004); “Lindsay Lohan,” The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2012); and “Negation of the Universe,” Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2014).
His films Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey premiered at the Venice Biennale, Italy, in 2011 and at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 2012. First Point premiered at Art Unlimited at Art Basel, Switzerland, in June 2012.
Phillips currently lives and works in New York City.