Mixed media original artwork created by Benjamin Phillips on a bespoke handmade wood panel “Ready to Hang.”
Politics and the city collide in this unconventional collage in this fascinating example of upcycled urban refuse. Bright images and entertainment clips crash into notorious politicians. Deep lines are cut into the surface of the handmade wooden panel onto which the collage is affixed, suggesting an urban grid. Texture, colour, and form are the primary players in this highly energetic piece.
An exploration, dissection and reimagination of my urban surroundings.
Living and working in London my whole life has given me a hunger and fascination for street life, urban culture and the metaphors they create.
The raw magnetism of Cities, where high-flyers rub shoulders with grime and decay, is mirrored in these mixed media works. Utilizing several methods, they combine harmony with chaos, depicting raw, honest snapshots of specific points in time of City life.
Many of the collage elements are taken directly from the street where they were first displayed. Posters, flyers and street adverts have long held my fascination; the artwork of the original posters being constantly overlaid by others, and the passing of time means layer after layer of designs creating an ever-transforming art of their own. These dynamic street displays are both decaying and vibrant, a piece of history yet brand new each day. Choosing which to tear down and juxtapose back together is a vital element of the finished product.
The art teases and invites the viewer to explore the story before their eyes. As a whole, the piece resembles the sensory overload that we all feel when immersed into the mayhem that is London life. Colours, noise, smells – all the human senses assaulted by that very moment you stand within the melting pot of street life.
These are pieces that, like the posters, flyers, symbols, fonts and texts within them, are an ever-changing story to be explored time and time again – because, the same as each and every one of us, we need to determine, understand and re-work exactly what is represented. In short, the pictures are a metaphor for the layers that make up the human psyche. We rip, tear, heal and change – transforming over time into something deeper, beautiful and fascinating.
I use a combination of various methods in the creation of such a piece. From collage to brush strokes, carvings to power tools, the patchwork of colours and mediums challenges the viewer to fall deeper into the capsule of London life and work out it’s dynamic meaning for themselves.
Additional images upon request. World Wide shipping takes around 10 days to arrive, depending on the destination.
The painting is signed on the front and will be delivered directly from my studio extremely well packaged, insured and protected.
Hanging/installation hardware fitted.
A signed Certificate of Authenticity will be provided.
All rights reserved – Benjamin Phillips Artworks. This is an original work of art created by the artist himself and may not be reproduced without written consent of the artist. The artist retains copyright for self-promotion.
Materials used: Acrylic and spray paint, street posters, ink, paint markers, collage and plaster. Handmade Birchwood panel. Stainless steel and chrome hanging hardware.
Bespoke handmade wood panel, paper, acrylic, ink, spray paint