Brad Phillips: “An Artist’s Artist”

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Although the work of Canadian artist Brad Phillips traverses a number of genres – including watercolour, drawing and photography – it is his oil paintings that leave the biggest impression. Dark and shadowy with Gothic undertones, his paintings gesture towards hidden secrets and psychological complexity. Quiet and abandoned spaces, unnerving portraits and still life images that juxtapose knives with flowers all feature in his diverse portfolio.

However, Phillips also has a cheekily subversive sense of humour that permeates his pieces: from proclaiming that he is an “artist’s artist” to what I suspect is a satirical recreation of Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World (1866), his paintings successfully tread the fine line between artist gravitas and having a little bit of fun.


February 22, 2011