1937 - 2022

Tom Phillips

Trevor Thomas Phillips was born at Clapham, London on 24 May 1937, youngest of two sons of David James Phillips and his wife Margaret Ann née Arnold, who married at Clapham in 1928, and his family called him Tom. Tom was educated at Bonneville Road Primary School in Clapham 1942-1947 and then at Henry Thornton Grammar School, Clapham. Phillips studied English Literature and Anglo Saxon at St Catherine's College, Oxford 1958-1960 and attended life drawing classes at the Ruskin School of Art. On graduation he taught Art, Music and English at Aristotle Road School, Brixton, London, and attended evening classes in life drawing under Frank Auerbach (born 1931), and sculpture at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, where he became a full-time student in 1961. After graduation from Camberwell in 1964 his work was selected for that year's Young Contemporaries Exhibition in London and in the following year the Artists International Association in London exhibited his first one-man show. While studying at Camberwell Phillips married at Westminster, London in 1961, his first wife Jill Purdy, and they had two children, daughter Ruth and a son Leo. Phillips then became a teacher at Ipswich School of Art, where one of his students was Brian Eno and he moved on to teach Liberal Studies at Walthamstow School of Art where he met the pianist John Tilbury (born 1936) and participated in improvisation concerts at several polytechnics and his first musical composition was Four Pieces for Tilbury. In 1966 he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and began collaborating with Brian Eno. Throughout the 1970s his works were exhibited widely in one-man shows and collections. After a period as a visiting tutor at the Art School in Kassel, Germany, he abandoned teaching and took his first trip to Africa. In 1973 he began the 20 Sites n Years photographic project and his first significant publication, Works/Texts I, was published in 1975 and his first retrospective exhibition toured Europe. By the late 1990s Phillips was an establishment figure in most aspects of the arts. He became a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute of Social Studies, an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and a Trustee of the British Museum. His first marriage ended in 1988 and in 1995, he married secondly, the writer and music critic Fiona Maddocks. Trevor Thomas Phillips died on 28 November 2022.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 102 Grove Park, Camberwell, SE 5
1966 1440 Fitzwilliam Veneziano
         1441 Scarlatti Sonata
1976 52 Humument Fragments 93
         53 Humument Fragments 6
         54 Orpheus
1978 7 Portrait of Shirley Cargill, 1977/8
from 57 Talford Road, London SE 15
1985 624 Edward Lucie-Smith, Esq.
         1338 Marsyas: The Song of the Skin
         1339 Marsyas: The Song of the Goat
         1340 Marsyas: The Song of the Cybele
         1341 Souvenir of Hiroshima
         1402 Samuel Beckett at Riverside Studios - lithograph
1986 525 Portrait of Keir McGuinness
         850 Curriculum Vitae
         851 Curriculum Vitae II
         852 Curriculum Vitae III
         1393 Portrait Study - lithograph
         1404 Geoffrey Boycott - lithograph
1987 96 Michael Kustow
         352 Bloom
         430 Small Incident
         505 Here we Exemplify
         1166 The Sound in my Life - screenprint
         1167 A Course in Sussex - screenprint
1988 78 Adrian Mitchell
         1184 Vincent: A Memorial - lithograph
         1255 Chateau Suduiraut Lafitte, 1986 - ink
         1256 Chateau Lynch Bages, 1986 - ink
         1257 Chateau Haut-Brion, 1986 - ink
         1258 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1986 - ink
1989 229 Sixteen appearances of the Union Jack - silkscreen
         230 Humument Self Portrait at Fifty - silkscreen
         317 Angel of the Anunciation
         492 The Independent Portrait of Jeremy King
         1156 Humument Globes: Celestial and Terrestrial - mixed media

Works by This Artist