Clinton Phillips’ background as a filmmaker and television producer has honed his technique of pastiche where ‘visual bundles’, collections of significant moments, are translated onto flat planes. A similar translation occurs in his realisation of sculptures and 3-dimensional installations from 2-dimensional topographical drawings and schemata. Drawing sits at the foundation of Phillips’ practice as an artist. Maps, cellular structures and found imagery are reworked into layered drawings, which are then crafted out of wood, cardboard, polystyrene, and other everyday packaging materials.
Often referencing iconic works such as: Duchamp’s readymadesand Damien Hirst’s, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, the silhouettes and contours of Phillip’s appropriated versions are instantly recognisable, even in their supremely pared down form. Like a 3-D Gary Hume, Phillips reveals the phenomena of an age steeped in mass-produced knowledge and shared signifiers.
In Clinton Phillips’ latest work, he has begun an investigation into the meaning of ‘fours’ in nature: the seasons, the cellular process of meiosis, cardinal directions, elements. Again, drawing is utilized as a tool to begin an intricate layering process, until the sketches and notations are crunched into one loaded bundle of information.
2006- Masters of Fine Arts (Candidate), Whiteciffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand
1981-4 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art, Bath Academy of Art, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
1980-1 Foundation Coursein Art & DesignHertfordshire College of Art & Design, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
2007 Lifecycle, City Art Rooms, Auckland
Master Thesis, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland
2004 Trademark, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland
2002 Bust, Stella, Auckland
Pacific, Kommik Café, Auckland
2004 Black & White, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland
2003 The Mad Show, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland
Awards / Grants
2007 Finalist, Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
2006 Finalist, BMW Art Awards, Auckland
Finalist, Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
Finalist, Parklane Art Awards, Auckland
2000 Finalist, Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
1997 Drawings for the book Chinese New Yearby Patricia Bjaaland Welch, Oxford University Press, 1997
1991 Virtual Reality Symposium, Banff Center for the Arts, Canada
James Wallace Art Trust, Auckland