Peter Phillips (artist)

Peter Phillips (Artist)

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Peter Phillips (born 21 May 1939) is an English artist who is one of the pioneers of the Pop Art movement. His work ranges from oils on canvas to multi-media compositions and collages to sculptures and architecture.

As one of the originators of Pop Art, Peter got his start at the Royal College of Art 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.


Phillips was born in 1939 at Birmingham, England. From 1953 to 1955 he studied at Moseley Road Secondary School of Art, Birmingham, from 1955 to 1959 at the Birmingham School of Art. In 1959 he visited Paris and started to exhibit at the RBA Galleries, London.

The Sixties

Between 1959 and 1962, Phillips studied at the Royal College of Art. There he saw reproductions of work by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. He was particularly aligned to American culture and reflected its commercial iconography and aggressive advertising style in his dynamic montage paintings.

From 1962 to 1963 he taught at the Coventry College of Art and the Birmingham College of Art. In 1963 he was represented at the Paris Biennale, and in 1964 his work was included in the Pop...
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