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Richard Phillips, ‘California Forest Fire I’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction
Richard Phillips, ‘California Forest Fire I’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction
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California Forest Fire I, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on linen
40 × 30 in
101.6 × 76.2 cm
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Swiss Institute Benefit Auction

Richard Phillips’ portraiture creates visual tension by combining traditional photorealistic oil …

Richard Phillips’ portraiture creates visual tension by combining traditional photorealistic oil painting with pop culture imagery. In California Forest Fire I, Phillips extends the juxtaposition by leveraging his refinement with the paintbrush to emulate the aesthetics of digital art. His academic skill becomes …

Medium
Mixed Media
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Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Richard Phillips
American, b. 1962
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Richard Phillips' portraits combine lurid imagery with a refined, academic painting style. Valuing critique as an intrinsic part of composition as much as canvas and paint, Phillips takes material from sources like soft porn, advertising, fashion, celebrity culture, and Pop art, translating it into glossy, photorealist works with stylized, close-up figures rendered in heightened color or black and white. His provocative oil paintings—such as Frieze, 2009, a realistic representation of a woman on her back with and issue of the art magazine Frieze inserted into her vagina—reveal how images can be used to distort truth and wield power.

Richard Phillips, ‘California Forest Fire I’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction
Richard Phillips, ‘California Forest Fire I’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction
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About the work
Swiss Institute Benefit Auction

Richard Phillips’ portraiture creates visual tension by combining traditional photorealistic oil …

Richard Phillips’ portraiture creates visual tension by combining traditional photorealistic oil painting with pop culture imagery. In California Forest Fire I, Phillips extends the juxtaposition by leveraging his refinement with the paintbrush to emulate the aesthetics of digital art. His academic skill becomes …

Medium
Mixed Media
Image rights
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Richard Phillips
American, b. 1962
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Richard Phillips' portraits combine lurid imagery with a refined, academic painting style. Valuing critique as an intrinsic part of composition as much as canvas and paint, Phillips takes material from sources like soft porn, advertising, fashion, celebrity culture, and Pop art, translating it into glossy, photorealist works with stylized, close-up figures rendered in heightened color or black and white. His provocative oil paintings—such as Frieze, 2009, a realistic representation of a woman on her back with and issue of the art magazine Frieze inserted into her vagina—reveal how images can be used to distort truth and wield power.

California Forest Fire I, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on linen
40 × 30 in
101.6 × 76.2 cm
Bidding closed
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