Pop Art

Richard Phillips /   Richard Phillips

United States 1962

Pop Art


Richard Phillips
Richard Phillips
United States
November 26, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Richard Phillips is an American artist known for his large-scale glossy hyper-realistic paintings, recalling the pictorial style of magazines from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and reflecting traditions of popular image culture.

Drawn from found imagery, his work deals with the marketability of man, his wishes, ideas, actions, identity, sexuality, politics, and desires. He translates these images into both drawings and paintings executed through a traditional process. In doing so, he makes use of the iconic quality of pictures, which the media and Art use daily—each according to its own agenda. His recent exhibition, “Most Wanted” at White Cube in London, for example, featured ten larger than life celebrity portraits set against red carpet step-and-repeat backdrops. This artist says “My pictures involve a kind of wasted beauty – that’s always been a thread in my work.”

Perhaps more so than any other contemporary painter of his kind, Phillips’ imagery has achieved a level of pop recognition outside of the art world with fashion, media and film collaborations. He has contributed to the television show “Gossip Girl,” MAC Cosmetics, The Art Production Fund, and Visionaire. He recently appeared as a guest judge on Bravo’s new TV series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”.

Recently Phillips has begun to explore filmmaking and photography as a means of moving beyond found imagery in his paintings. His images have appeared in Elle magazine and Lotus magazine, and will be featured in upcoming issues of Vogue China and Visionaire. He completed his first film entitled Lindsay Lohan in 2011. Phillips considers the film a “motion portrait” of the actress that “at once reveals an emotional awareness of her recent past and, in the most positive terms, expressed the limitless creative potential of her art joined with her unparalleled beauty.” The film premiered at the 2011 Venice Biennale in tandem with his second film, Sasha Grey. His third film premiered at Art Basel’s Art Unlimited exhibition in Basel, Switzerland in June 2012. All three films were shown in for the first time in the United States in tandem with a group of corresponding paintings at Gagosian Gallery in New York in September of 2012.

Richard Phillips lives and works in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Richard Phillips - Negation Of The UniverseDallas Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2013Piston Head: Artists Engage the AutomobileVenus Over Manhattan, New York City, NYGroup
2013REMEMBER EVERYTHING, 40 Years Galerie Max HetzlerGalerie Max Hetzler - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2012Richard Phillips: Lindsay LohanIMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDSolo
2012Wide Open SchoolHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Editions!Grieder Contemporary - Zürich, ZurichGroup
2011Richard Phillips: Point of Purchase Glenn Horowitz Bookseller and Art Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
2011Richard Phillips - Most WantedWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2011The DeerLe Consortium, DijonGroup
2011Collection Platform 2: CirculationPinchukArtCentre, KievGroup
2011Figures In A LandscapeGagosian Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011Black Swan: The ExhibitionRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse ProjectKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010Endless Bummer / Surf ElsewhereBlum & Poe, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Painting and MisappropriationSI Swiss Institute, New York City, NYGroup
2010Size does matterFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2009Richard Phillips - NEW MUSEUMGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2009SONIC YOUTH etc.: Sensational FixMalmö Konsthall, MalmöGroup
2009Talk Dirty to Me…Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed RuschaFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2008Always There Part 2Galerie Max Hetzler - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2008Drawn TogetherFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2008Out of Shape:Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in ArtThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NYGroup
2007ReflectionPinchukArtCentre, KievGroup
2007My sweet sixteen partyGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsGroup
2007Painting now! Back to figurationKunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2006Richard Phillips - Early Works on PaperGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinSolo
2006Eye to EyeCornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FLGroup
2006Dark PlacesSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2005Richard Phillips - Michael FriedWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2005Richard PhillipsFriedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2005Present PerfectFriedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Transformer IIAir de Paris, ParisGroup
2003Richard Phillips - New PaintingsGalerie Max Hetzler - Berlin, BerlinSolo
2002Richard Phillips - Birds of BritainWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2001AmericaFriedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2001The Contemporary Face - Von Pablo Picasso bis Alex KatzDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2000Richard Phillips - DrawingsFriedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2000DrawingStephen Friedman Gallery, LondonGroup