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date: 20 September 2019

Phillips, Tomlocked

(b London, May 24, 1937).
  • Kenneth G. Hay

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(b London, May 24, 1937).

English painter, printmaker, illustrator and composer. He studied English literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, from 1957 to 1960 and art at Camberwell School of Art from 1961 to 1963. His early paintings, which formed the basis of a series entitled 50 Recapitulatory Paintings, 1962–1974 (1973–4; see Tom Phillips Works Texts to 1974, pp. 21–129), established an eclectic approach to diverse styles and languages of picturemaking influenced by Pop art. In paintings such as Benches (1970–71; London, Tate), however, he used postcards as source material as a means of relating the processes of painting to those of four-colour commercial printing, examining the imagery not for its implications about consumer culture but in support of themes of human mortality. This interest in process, chance, language and the cumulative effects of multiple reworkings soon led him to prints and books. A Humument (London, 1980), which he began publishing in fragmentary versions as early as ...

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