Peter Phillips (British, b.1939) is one of the pioneers of the Pop Art movement. He worked in many different mediums, including oils on canvas, multimedia compositions, collages, sculptures, and architecture. He studied at Birmingham School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His works, including For Men Only-Starring MM and BB, INsuperSET, and One Five Times/Sharp Shooter, helped to define Pop Art in the early 1960s. His work is composed of vibrant colors and readily recognizable images taken from daily life.

In 1964, Phillips received the Harkness Fellowship and moved to New York. From 1964 to 1966, he lived in New York and traveled America with his friend, sculptor Allen Jones (English, b.1937). While in America, Phillips worked alongside Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), and James Rosenquist (American, b.1933). In 1965, Phillips held his first solo exhibition at the Kornblee Gallery in New York. He returned to Europe a year later. Throughout the 1970s, Phillips made frequent trips to Africa, the Far East, and the United States. In 1972, Phillips had a retrospective at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster. He had another in 1976 at the Tate Gallery, London. In 1981, Phillips traveled to Australia; he had many shows around the country in 1982 and 1983. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Phillips lived and worked Majorca, Spain. In the 1990s, Phillips returned to North America and held exhibitions in Montreal, Boston, New York, and Houston. In 1998, his work was shown at the Freedom on Choices exhibition in London.

Phillips’s wife, Claude-Marion Phillips, died of cancer in 2003. The artist held an exhibition dedicated to her at Whitford Fine Art in London in 2004. During that same year, he was featured at the Pop Art UK group exhibition at Galleriea Civica di Modena, Italy. Phillips currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. He continues to paint and exhibit. He often travels around the world to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sydney, as well as Central and South America.

Timeline

1939
Born in Birmingham, England
1953–1955
Studied at Moseley Road Secondary School of Art, Birmingham
1955–1959
Studied at Birmingham College of Art
1959–1962
Studied at the Royal College of Art
1962–1963
Taught at the Coventry College of Art and the Birmingham College of Art
1963
Represented at the Paris Biennale
1964
His work was included in the Pop Art exhibition shown at the Hague, Vienna and Berlin
1964
Awarded the Harkness Fellowship
1964
Designs for the Shakespeare exhibition, Stratford-upon-Avon
1965–1966
Formed Hybrid Enterprise
1968–1969
Guest Professor, Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Hamburg

Exhibitions

2012
Art-o-matic: Pop - Whitford Fine Art, London (England)
2011
Peter Phillips / Stephen Buckley - Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich
2008
Galerie Proarta, Switzerland (solo)
2007
Pop, Pin-Ups & Mosaics, Whitford Fine Art, London (solo)
2005
Goulanderis Foundation, Andros (solo)
2004
Peter Phillips: POP 1959 - 1976, Whitford Fine Art, London
2002
Galleria Civica, Modena, italy (retrospective)
2000
Centre de Cultura Sa Nostra, Palma (solo)
1999
Galeria Punto, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1998
Thomas Gibson, London (solo)
1998
Joan Guaita, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
1997
Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca (retrospective)
1996
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
1995
Gallery Bruce R. Lewin, New York (solo)
1993
Joan Guaita Art, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
1992
Galería Afinsa-Almirante, Madrid (solo)
1991
Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
1990
Galería Punto, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1989
Galería Manola Vilches, Marbella, Spain (solo)
1989
Galería Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
1987
Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1982–1983
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (retrospective, travelling to Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Southampton Art Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, London)
1982
Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1976
Tate Gallery, London (solo)
1972
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (retrospective)
1968
Alecto Gallery, London (prints)
1965
Kornblee Gallery, New York (solo)

Literature

E. CRISPOLTI. Peter Phillips, Works/Opere 1960 - 1974, Milan, 1977