Richard Phillips (American, b.1962) is known for his portraits and connections to major celebrities and brands, as well as for his fondness of sports cars. He received a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from Yale in Connecticut in 1986. His paintings often are reminiscent of Art Deco and other magazine styles of the 1950s to 1970s. The images, which usually portray beautiful women, are large, glossy, and very realistic. Phillips was born in Marblehead, MA, but works and resides in New York. He has traditionally used fashion and even the occasional adult magazine model, and his work has become an important part of modern pop culture. He has engaged with a large number of celebrity acquaintances, and painted several music performers and even politicians. Phillips' art, which is often classified as glossy erotica and portraits, has gained him business opportunities with major brands, such as MAC Cosmetics, IZOD, and Jimmy Choo.

Phillips' work has been seen in at the White Cube Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Tate Modern in London, as well as in many other galleries across the United States. His work not only found its way into galleries but also into films and television. Two of his pieces hang on the wall of The Gossip Girl set. He has also been featured in Elle magazine. Some Contemporary artists have derided Phillips for his willingness to use celebrities and nudity as a way to help sell paintings. He recently added videography to his repertoire, shooting clips of the troubled actress Lindsay Lohan for the Venice Biennale and of the former adult actress Sasha Grey. Some of his famous works include South Western Theme, Figures in Landscape, and Insight?.

Phillips has come to exemplify pop culture with his grandiose hipster lifestyle and celebrity friends. Some of his inspirations include Jean-Luc Godard (French-Swiss, b.1930), Francesco Vezzoli (Italian, b.1971), and Jeff Koons (American, b.1955). Phillips seems unabashed at his artistic use of skin and high-profile models, and has openly stated that an artist needs celebrity endorsement and luxury sponsorship to make it in today's art market. The artist lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1962
Born in Marblehead, USA
1984
BFA in Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA
1986
MFA in Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Exhibitions

2014
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2013
Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile, Venus over Manhattan, New York, USA
REMEMBER EVERYTHING, 40 Years Galerie Max Hetzler, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2012
Lindsay Lohan, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (solo)
Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Collection Platform 2: Circulation, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Looking Back for the Future, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
We the People, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, USA
2011
Most Wanted, White Cube, London, England (solo)
The Deer, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Commercial Break, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Figures in a Landscape, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
Black Swan, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2010
Adolf Dietrich, Richard Phillips – Painting and Misappropriation, Swiss Institute, New York, USA (solo)
2009
New Museum, Gagosion Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Exquisite Corpse Drawings, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York, USA
Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria
Endless Bummer / Surfe Elsewhere, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2008
Always There, Part 2, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2007
My Sweet Sixteen Party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
The Dream of Putrefaction, Metropole Galleries, Folkestone, England
2006
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA
Early Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005
Gorgeous Isn't Good Enough, Hangar Biccoca, Milan, Italy
Law, Sex & Christian Society ,Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
Michael Fried, White Cube, London, England
Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2003
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2002
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
Some Options in Realism, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
No Ghost, Just a Shell, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Birds of Britain, White Cube, London, England (solo)
2001
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
America, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Contemporary Face: From Picasso to Alex Katz, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2000
The Figure: Another Side of Modernism. Paintings from 1950 to the Present, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, USA
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Girlfriend, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA
1999
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Art Lovers, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England
Malerei, INIT Kunst-Halle, Berlin, Germany
1998
Hanging, Galerie Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (solo)
1997
Richard Phillips, New Paintings, Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, USA (solo)
Hospital, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (solo)
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York , USA
1996
Painting Into Photography, Photography Into Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA
Sugar Mountain, White Columns, New York, USA
Richard Phillips, Recent Pantings, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1995
Knoxville Paintings, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1994
White Columns (White Room), New York, USA (solo)

Public Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tate Collection, London
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Chase Bank, Zurich
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Forth Worth
Memphis Museum, Memphis
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami
UBS Art Collection, New York

Literature

2001
Richard Phillips
Burgi, Mendes and Jones, Ronald, Schirmer & Mosel, Germany
2000
Greater New York
P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York
2000
The Figure: Another Side of Modernism. Paintings from 1950 to the Present
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island
2000
Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich
1999
Art Lovers
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
1997
Hospital
Galerie Max Hetzler
1997
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York