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Artist in various media, born in Liverpool. He studied mural design at Lancaster Art College, Preston. He was a major contributor to the 1991–2 Norwich Gallery touring exhibition History and Identity with a series of pastel drawings charting the history of Benin Bronzes taken from Nigeria. Phillips moved to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in 1978 and began painting full-time. He worked on a number of community arts projects throughout Britain, including residencies and workshops in schools and galleries. He tended to work in series, such as Jazz, 1988, and Icarus, 1988–91. Shows of his pictures were held at Harris Art Gallery, Preston, 1979, Commonwealth Institute, 1983, People’s Gallery, 1984–8, Africa Centre, 1986–9, Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and Rochdale Art Gallery, both 1987.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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