Peter Phillips, ‘Untitled (from eighteen small prints)’, 1973, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Eighteen Small Prints is a portfolio of 18 prints in several medium, in editions of 100 (with 12 proof sets), published by Bernard Jacobson in 1973. It unites the most famed British and American artists of the time, such as Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield and others.

Eighteen Small Prints followed on from another portfolio of screenprints published the previous year by the Bernard Jacobson Gallery entitled 14 BIG Prints. At this time, a number of contemporary artists had been experimenting with the medium of screenprinting; the earlier portfolio, as its title suggests, was one of the first to exploit the medium’s ability to create prints on a larger scale. Some of the other artists invited to make prints for the first portfolio were Peter Blake, Bernard Cohen, Robyn Denny, John Hoyland and Eduardo Paolozzi. The story goes that it was Peter Blake who suggested to Bernard Jacobson that, as a riposte to 14 BIG Prints, he might ask artists to make prints on a very small scale, through a note left at the original gallery.

About Peter Phillips

British painter Peter Phillips was born in Birmingham, England, and studiedat the Birmingham College of Art and at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Phillips emerged as one of the leading figures of British Pop art in the 1960s with several fellow RCA students, including Derek Boshier, David Hockney, Allen Jones, and R. B. Kitaj. When he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship he moved to New York, where he exhibited alongside American contemporaries Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist. Phillips later returned to Europe, where he now resides and continues to paint and exhibit. His work ranges from conventional oils on canvas to multi-media compositions and collages to sculptures and architecture. —Courtesy of Fine Art Auctions Miami