At first glance, these works refer back to the mid 19th Century; the world of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, the paintings of Henri Fantin-Latour and William Dyce, Swinburne’s Garden of Proserpine, and further back to Holland in the 17th century and the Vanitas tradition in Western Art. Yet these works emerged from experiments in contemporary media, with each print combining as many as 1,400 separate photographs to create an eerie hyper-reality.
Born in the UK, Phillips studied at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), and for a PhD in Fine Art at University of Brighton. His work recently featured in the Royal academy Summer Exhibition. Phillips has been instrumental in the Community Arts Movement, and he is a full-time Director of London Print Studio where he also teaches on the studio’s MA programme. His poster design work is held in a number of collections including V&A, International Institute of Social History and Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
Featured image: John Phillips, Vanitas XXI, 2016, Archival Inkjet Print, Edition of 15, 150 x 110cm, (59 x 43.3in.) Courtesy of London Print Studio.