See caption below Page 50: Play the shadow of fifty years

Biography of Tom Phillips

Creator of A HUMUMENT

PHILLIPS, Tom, C.B.E.; R.A., M.A.(Oxon), N.D.D., hon R.E., hon R.P.S. b. 24th May 1937, London. ed. St. Catherine’s Coll., Oxford and Camberwell School of Art.

Narrative biography available at:

One-man exhibitions : AlA Galleries, Angela Flowers Gallery, Marlborough Fine Art and Waddingtons, London, and Galerie BaMa, Paris; touring retrospective 1975, Serpentine Gallery, London, Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Kunsthalle, Basel; 50 Years of Tom Phillips 1987, Angela Flowers Gallery; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1987; British Council Touring Exhibition, 1988; National Gallery, Australia, retrospective exhibitions National Portrait Gallery, London 1989; North Carolina Museum of Art, U.S.A. 1990; Royal Academy, London 1992;, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1992; University of Pennsylvania 1993; Harvard University 1993; Yale Center for British Art, U.S.A. 1994; Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1998; South London Gallery, 1998; Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, 2001; Flowers East, London 2004.

Work in collections : Tate Gallery, British Museum, V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. British Council, MOMA N.Y. Library of Congress U.S. Bibliotheque Nationale, France, North Carolina Museum of Art. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Etc.

Music : first performance opera IRMA, York Univ. 1973, revival ICA, London 1983; Collaborations with Jean-Yves Bosseur and John Tilbury on music works/performances 1970-84, Retrospective Concert ICA 1992. C.D. Irma, 1988, C.D. Six of Hearts, 1998

TV : Co-directed with Peter Greenaway a TV version of Dante’s Inferno, as published, translated and illustrated by the artist, broadcast 1990 (1st Prize Montreal TV Festival 1990, Prix Italia 1991). Writer and critic for T.L.S., RA Magazine and BBC Music Magazine.

Positions held : Vice-Chair Copyright Council 1985-89; Chair Royal Academy Library; Chair Exhibitions Royal Academy, Curator, Africa: The Art of a Continent Royal Academy, London, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Guggenheim Museum, New York 1995/6; Member Royal Soc. of Painters, Etchers and Engravers 1987; Hon. Membership Royal Soc. of Portrait Painters 1999. Hon. Fellow St. Catherine’s Coll., Oxford. Hon. Fellow Leeds University, (Bretton Hall); Hon. Fellow London Institute, Trustee, NPG 1998, Trustee British Museum 1999, Visiting artist and Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner in the Arts, Carpenter Center, Harvard 1993. John Moores Prize 1969, Frances Williams Memorial Prize V&A 1983. Slade Professor of Fine Art, University of Oxford 2005.

Publications : Trailer 1971, A Humument 1973, Works and Texts to 1974 1975, Dante’s Inferno 1983, Heart of a Humument 1985, Where are They Now? The Class of ‘47 1990, Works and Texts II 1992, A Humument Variants and Variations 1992, Merely Connect 1994; Africa: The Art of a Continent 1995, Aspects of Art 1997, Music in Art 1997, A Humument (second revised edition) 1998. The Postcard Century 2000. We Are The People 2004. A Humument (third revised edition, Edition de Tete) 2004.

Theatre Design : Inaugural production “A Winter’s Tale” Shakespeare’s Globe London 1997, Designer and translator “Otello” E.N.O. London 1998. Designer “The Entertainer” Derby Playhouse 2003., copyright 2010