BRAD PHILLIPS: Suicide Note Writer's Block
“I think I have a slightly creepy view of the world, and I also grew up in a suburban type nightmare next to a nuclear power plant. That can change your views of the landscape.”
- Brad Phillips, in interview with Noah Becker, 2008
The Residence Gallery presents the first UK solo show of Canadian artist Brad Phillips. The autobiographic works that comprise “Suicide Note Writer’s Block” represent a dark outlook with a sense of wit and humour. The paintings, as windows exposing vignettes of the artist’s life, do not reveal the entire narrative allowing the viewers to provide their own. Without regard for the past or future, Phillips’ paintings are concerned exclusively with the present, granting these quotidian moments a rare poetry and immediacy.
Phillips employs a photo-realist style that remains true to the painted medium by incorporating evidence of painterly technique. In an interview with Jay Isaac, the artist states, “I enjoy painting as problem solving, and, in the Vija Celmins school, I think that there is a masochistic part of me that enjoys the tedium, the agony, and the utter misery that is involved in reproducing a photograph as a painting.”
Brad has exhibited extensively throughout North America and Europe. His work is featured in major international collections including The Royal Bank of Canada, The Glenbow Museum and Hauser & Wirth (Switzerland).
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