Letting in the light – Frederick Phillips

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Frederick Phillips

Born  in  Stoke-on-Trent  in  1953,  Frederick  Phillips  attended  Burslem
College  of  Art  where  he  studied  Fine  Art  under  Arthur  Berry  and
graduated  in  1974.  Following  successful  exhibitions  in  the  Midlands,  in
1981 he moved to London and began exhibiting his work at galleries there.

In 1990 he was awarded an ‘Artist of Exceptional Merit’visa by the USA and
moved to Chicago where he lived and worked for 17 years. In 1996 he was
invited  to  lecture  on  ‘Dream  and  Reality  in  Art’ at  the  Museum  of
Contemporary Art, Chicago and in 2000 a book on his life and his art was
published in America.

Exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held in London, Chicago, New
York, Los Angeles, Boston, Indianapolis, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Hong
Kong. Although he continues to exhibit some work in galleries within the
United States, in 2007 he returned to his home town and has since taught
life-drawing for 2 years at Staffordshire University as well as exhibiting his
paintings in Manchester, Birmingham and Stoke.

In  April  2016,  the  artist  was  one  of  the  first  to  move  his  studio  into  the
ACAVA Artists’ Studios at the former Spode Works pottery factory where
he  continues  to  paint.  His  work  is  in  private  and  corporate  collections
throughout the world.

Frederick Phillips is a painter for today who uses the techniques of the past
to  create  the  masterpieces  of  the  future.  Dedicated  to  the  craft  and
tradition  of  oil-painting,  even  his  Limited  Edition  Prints  are  created  to
archival museum-grade standards. His atmospheric paintings are like half
remembered dream images, glimpsed briefly as we awaken.  As the artist
himself has noted:
“Originally, I was inspired by the Surrealists, and even today my paintings are not
realistic portraits of the world about me. My work is about memory; I don’t paint
what I see, but the memory of what I have seen”

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