Specialist Art Forms
Born in Wales in 1995, Phoebe Phillips is a figurative oil painter working through the genre of portraiture. She studied Fine Art: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Carmarthen School of Art where she became interested in painting multi-layered, intimately honest portraits of familiar subjects. Her larger than life portraits are both striking and inviting, and seek to create a harmony between gestural mark making and the negotiation of form. Phoebe currently lives and works in Wales.
Essentially my work is an exploration of human expression through the genre of portraiture. I paint from photographs of people I’m drawn to and who interest me, to explore painting as a viable mode of representation and a valid experience of looking. When painting from life an expectation of likeness exists whereas a photograph can allow greater objectivity. The very act of painting a photograph infers that the photograph was insufficient, and through the language of paint I strive to present my own sense of the person with more integrity, validity, and value than the source images I start with.