|Biography from Sam Heller Fine Art, Inc.:|
|Born in 1953 in the English pottery-manufacturing town of
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Frederick Phillips descends from an
artistic family background which includes the distinguished Victorian
artist, Francis W. Topham (1808-1877). Influenced by Topham's
paintings, Phillips became an accomplished watercolorist by the age of
Awarded a scholarship at age seventeen, Phillips began
studying at Burslem College of Art. Here he encountered the work of
the Surrealist artists and realized that he, too, had begun to create
images that could be called "surrealist".
with an Honors Degree in Fine Art at the age of twenty-one. In 1975,
he achieved recognition with his first one-man show at the Norton
Gallery, Birmingham, England; reviewers compared his early work to the
paintings of Rene Magritte.
By 1984, Phillips' work was being
shown at several London galleries. In 1985, Phillips was introduced to
American collectors by a Chicago Gallery.
In 1990, Phillips moved to the
U.S. through an 'Artist of Exceptional Ability' visa in order to
accommodate the practical demands of his rapidly expanding career. In
the course of a career that now spans twenty-five years, Phillips' art
moved from its basis in surrealism, toward a more subtle approach to
the "inner eye" with which he sees the world around him.
He addressed this as part of his 1996 lecture, "Dream and Reality in Art", at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
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