Beep Residency: Phoebe Phillips

 01 December 2016 – 28 February 2017

As part of the 2016 Jane Phillips Award Graduate Residency, the Jane Phillips Award partnered with the BEEP Painting Prize, to offer a painter from either Swansea College of Art UWTSD or Carmarthen School of Art & Design a residency opportunity, with the winner selected by both Jonathan Powell, founder of Beep and the Director of Elysium Gallery, Swansea, and the Jane Phillips Award Committee.

The residency recipient is Phoebe Phillips, a Fine Art: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate from Carmarthen School of Art & Design. Along with the residency, Phoebe will also receive a £250 bursary from the Jane Phillips Award to help with travel costs, as well as use of the ‘Is This/This Is’ space within Elysium High Street studios, from 18 March – 12 April 2017.

About Phoebe Phillips

Phoebe’s work is an exploration of human expression through the genre of portraiture. She paints from photographs of people she’s drawn to and who interests her, 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 she strives to present her own sense of the person with more integrity, validity, and value than the source images she starts with.

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 West Wales.