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The Flower before the Bench

© Tom Phillips. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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In the early 1970s, Tom Phillips' figurative material derived from postcards. He was first inspired by a postcard of figures seated on a bench in Battersea Park, surrounded by the flowers of a municipal planting scheme. This is a later work in the same series. Benches, he says, are 'the stationary vehicles of mortality' where the anonymous sit in the postcards, on their passage through life. The reference to Taylor in the lettering here is the name of a Bristol printer of postcards.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery





acrylic on canvas


H 60.9 x W 106.5 cm

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gift from the Arnolfini Collection Trust, 2000

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