Tom Phillips - News


Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:32 Written by Lucy Admin

Great British Drawings

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Salman Rushdie, 70 x 55cm 1993

Tom Phillips's portrait of Salman Rushdie, in charcoal mud and pastel,  incorporates a line from Rushdie's poem 6th March 1989, "Not to Shut Up, to Sing On". It features in the exhibition Great British Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford until 31st August which showcases more than one hundred works by some of Britain's greatest artists. Also on display are several pages from Phillips's Merry Meetings 

For more information, opening hours and tickets visit the Ashmolean site here


Wednesday, 29 April 2015 17:29 Written by Lucy Admin

Heart of Darkness in San Francisco

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San Franciso's Opera Parallèle presents the American Premiere of Heart of Darkness by British composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist Tom Phillips in its 2014-15 Season. The chamber opera based on the novel by Joseph Conrad will be performed 1st, 2nd & 3rd of May 2015 at San Francisco’s Z Space.
For detailed information including tickets, performance times and sound clips visit the Opera Parallèle website.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:45 Written by Lucy Admin

In The Studio


Fiona Maddocks interviews Tom Phillips in his studio for the Spring 2015 issue of RA Magazine

Monday, 02 March 2015 15:33 Written by Lucy Admin

Design Contest 10: A Humument


It will not have gone unnoticed by those of you who have visited in the past week that the Humument site has undergone a major overhaul and now occupies a dedicated section of this, the artist’s main site. So when we were approached, by Venus Febriculosa - a website concerned with contemporary literature and the art and design of books - about their DESIGN CONTEST 10: A Humument, it seemed like the perfect moment to announce our new Humument content and encourage all our readers to take part in the contest.

The brief is simple. You are invited to create an original visual and/or poetic work using any media or methods using Page 4 of A Human Document as the prima materia for this work.
To read about the contest in full visit Venus Febriculosa and to download the brief click here. The closing date for entries is 26 April 2015 11:00PM GMT. STOP PRESS: THE DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO MAY 10TH 2015
The winning entry, chosen by Tom Phillips, will receive a limited edition Humument print. Anyone can gloat on the prizes by visiting the Humument Shop.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015 19:51 Written by Lucy Shortis

Redux at The Centre for Book Arts

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Tom Phillips first exhibited works from A Humument with The Centre for Book Arts in 1984 and his translation and illustrations to Dante's Inferno were shown there in 1986. Eight Humument page prints feature in a new display Redux opening at the Centre for Book Arts on January 23rd 2015. The exhibition, curated by Maddy Rosenberg, features artists who have exhibited  projects at the space and invites them to return to their past presentation and continue the dialogue.

The Centre for Book Arts is at
3rd Floor, 28 West 27th Street,
New York 10001
Opening hours Mon-Fri 11am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
The exhibition continues until April 3rd 2015