Richard Phillips, ‘Most Wanted’, 2010, White Cube

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Each: 18 1/8 x 14 9/16 in. (46 x 37 cm)

Richard Phillips selected ten of America’s most instantly recognisable celebrities from the realms of television, cinema and music to create distilled portraits of young, powerful stars exhibiting their rehearsed, red-carpet expressions.

Each portrait features a bright, multi-colour halo - a reference to Richard Bernstein’s illustrations from Interview magazine. The halo emphasises the electric stardom of these secular deities while simultaneously flattening their image, melding them into the brands they represent, as if on a decal or trading card.

About Richard Phillips

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.

American, b. 1962, Marblehead, Massachusetts, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

Richard Phillips: Negation of the Universe, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas
Richard Phillips, Gagosian, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Contemporary Magic, The Untitled Space, New York