Tom Phillips C.B.E. R.A. (b.1937)
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A Humument by Tom Phillips
A Humument. 1970 Sold
Self Portrait at 50 by Tom Phillips
Self Portrait at 50. 1987 Sold


An internationally recognised artist whose work features in most major museums on both sides of the Atlantic. He is especially well known for his pioneering contribution to the artist’s book, A Humument, which has been continuously in print more than 30 years (5th edition Thames & Hudson, 2012); and his publication of Dante’s Inferno. His activities extend into other cultural fields such as TV direction (as co-director of A TV Dante he won the Italia Prize), stage design, exhibition curating and in the realm of music his compositions (including the opera Irma) have been widely performed and issued on CD. His theatre projects include designing The Winter’s Tale for the opening season of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and translating and designing Otello for the ENO in 1998. He designed costumes, props and the set for The Magic Flute at Holland Park Opera in June 2008. Works in public spaces include the Armed Forces Memorial in Westminster Abbey, mosaics in Westminster Cathedral and a railing designed for the Grafton Street Project. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1989 and was Chairman of Exhibitions from 1985 to 2007. He also served as a trustee of both the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, and in 2006 was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford.