Meet Benjamin Phillips of London, UK.
Benjamin Phillips’ earliest memories are of art. As an adult he remains fascinated by its utility for digesting the raw experiences of life in a metropolis. The son of a master craftsman, oil painter, and driftwood sculptor, Benjamin was raised amidst art, a childhood that has left a lasting impression.
The contemporary urban landscape stimulates his creative process and he is constantly incorporating found elements from London’s streets in his work.
His large, mixed-media compositions are constructed on handmade wooden panels using paint, posters, flyers, graffiti,and other fragments of the city.
The result is a snapshot of a specific moment from the ongoing relationship between artist and city.
Integral to the final piece is “the fragmented, textural, topographical nature of his work that reflects the city’s ever-changing surfaces, which have accrued years of printed matter.”
Obsessed with color, Benjamin refuses to identify just one as a favorite, citing ‘rainbow’ as a clever work-around!
A Snapshot View of Benjamin Phillips
Favorite Artist: Kurt Schwitters, John
Piper and Maggi Hambling – don’t
make me choose!
Spirit Animal: Racoon (As they are cute,
cunning and determined)
Secret Superpower: Intangibility or
Omnilinguilism just so you have to look
up the meanings