Peter Phillips is one of the preeminent British Pop Artists of our time. His work ranges from oils on canvas to multi-media compositions and collages. Vibrant in color and filled with iconography of images drawn from daily life, Peter's work appeals to the spectator's memory, elevates curiosity and awakens their minds to the world around them.
As one of the originators of Pop Art, Peter got his start at the Royal College of Arts with his fellow students David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and others of the British Pop Art Movement. When he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship he moved to New York, where he exhibited his work alongside his American counterparts Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Phillips later returned to Europe, where he now resides and continues to paint and exhibit.
1939: Born in Birmingham on May 21st.
1953-55: Attended Moseley Road Secondary School of Art, Birmingham.
1955-59: Went to Birmingham College of Art: 2 years Intermediate and 2 years N.D.D. (special level course); studied under Gilbert Mason and Fleetwood-Walker.
1959: Summer trip to Paris and to Italy on a scholarship awarded by Birmingham College of Art.
1959-62: Attended the Royal College of Art: his fellow students included David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield; transferred from Painting School to Television School in the autumn of 1961 but was granted Diploma in Painting in June 1962.
1962-63: Taught at the Conventry College of Art and Birmingham College of Art.
1964: Married Dinah Donald. Designed the entrance hall and large machine for Shakespeare exhibition, for the 400 Centenial exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon. Awarded Harkness Fellowship for travel to the United States.
1964-66: Lived in New York, travelled around North America by car with Allen Jones in 1965.
1965-66: Formed Hybrid Enterprises with Gerald Lang.
1966: Returned to Europe. Daughter, Tiffany, was born in London.
1967: Divorced wife Dinah.
1968-69: Guest Professor, Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg.
1970: Married Marion-Claude Xylander. Frequent trips throughout the 1970s to Africa, the Far East, and the United States.
1972: Retrospective exhibition at the Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster.
1976: First one-man show of paintings in England held at the Waddington Galleries, London.
1981: Lived in Zurich. Daughter, Zoe Lana, was born in Zurich. Visit to Australia.
1982-83: Retrospective exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Exhibition travelled to Museum of Modern Art, Oxfard; the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; the Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh; Southampton Art Gallery; and Barbican Art Galery, London.
1983-1986: Frequent trips around Europe especially Mallorca, Spain.
1986: Bought land in Mallorca and began designing and building a finca and with a unique and breathtaking garden.
1987: Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich.
1989-93: Exhibits in a variety of galleries around Spain including Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Mallorca.
1992-95: Visits to Canada and US for exhibitions in cities including Montreal, Boston, Houston and New York.
1995: Works with Bruce R. Lewin Gallery in New York.
1996: Exhibitions in Mallorca at the Fundacio Miro and Casal Solleric.
1998: "Freedom of Choices" exhibition in London with Thomas Gibson Gallery.
1996-00: Exhibitions in Valencia with Galeria Punto and in Mallorca with the Centre de Cultura of Sa Nostra. House in Mallorca featured in various magazines for unique design and extraordinary garden.
2002: Retrospective at Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy.
2003: Claude-Marion Phillips paases away on January 30th of Cancer.
2004: Exhibition dedicated to wife, Claude, at Whitford Fine Art; London. "Pop Art UK" group exhibition Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy. Frequent trips to Miami and New York. Spends winter in Austria.
2005: "Metamorphosis" exhibition at Goulanderis Foundation; Andros, Greece. "British Pop" group exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes Bilbao, Spain. Traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize.
2007: Is featured in two documentaries in New Zealand and Israel.
2008: Exhibits with Proarta in Zurich, Switzerland.
2009: Is commissioned to create a painting for the 2010 World Cup.
Present: Peter resides in Zurich, Switzerland and continues to travel to the U.S.A and Central and South America.