Frederick Phillips Art
A Painter for Today who uses the techniques of the past to create the Masterpieces of the Future.
Frederick Phillips Bio
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 Silkscreens and 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:
“I began by being 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”
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 West Midlands, in 1981 he moved to London where he began exhibiting his art and in 1985 his paintings attracted the attention of gallery owners from Chicago.
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, ‘Quintessence’ - a book on his life and his art - was published in America.
Following his return to his home town in 2007, the artist continues to deal with his many collectors in the United States as well as establishing new collectors in Europe and the UK through exhibitions in Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke and Cheshire. Additionally, from 2009 to 2011 he taught life-drawing part-time at North Staffordshire University and, having been involved in sharing news to local schools about the links between Stoke and Lidice, in 2010 Frederick participated in the judging of the UNESCO-sponsored International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Art in Lidice, Czech Republic, where he joined an international panel of judges to adjudicate 26,000 artworks by young students from around the world.
In April 2016, Frederick was one of the first to move his studio into the ACAVA Artists’ Studios at the former Spode Works pottery factory in Stoke, where he was based until December 2019, when he then returned to his home-based studio. There he continues to paint in oils, but is now also exploring other mediums such as watercolour and soft pastels.
His work is in private and corporate collections throughout the world and exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held in London, Chicago, New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.