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Ruffian Collage

Benjamin Phillips

United Kingdom

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 39.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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About The Artwork

Mixed media wood panel ready to hang. Acrylic paint - fly-posters - ink - block cut. Letters and numbers swirl through layers of found posters that the artist has cut, pasted and sliced, giving them a different energy in this vibrant collage. Deep lines are gouged into the surface, digging deep into the wood and bringing texture and variety to this unconventional and intriguing work. When it comes to understanding the influence my years in the financial world has on my style, one need look no further than works such as these. My daily fix of City life has given me a hunger and fascination for street life, urban culture and the metaphors they create. The raw magnetism of London, where high-flyers rub shoulders with grime and decay, is mirrored in these mixed media works. Utilizing a number of methods, they combine harmony with chaos, depicting raw, honest snapshots of specific points in time of City life. At first glance such large, carved, collage paintings appear a pandemonium of scrawls and cuttings. This initial interpretation is intended, for the art represents what is essentially the polar opposites and multiple tiers that make up life in the metropolis. 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, somewhat like a dated 1960s office block being demolished in order to make way for a shiny new offering. 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. But when you begin to explore further, you realize that what you’re actually seeing is a snapshot of a specific moment in time, forever captured within the art. 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 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 time capsule of London life and work out it’s dynamic meaning for themselves. 100 x 80 x 2 cm. Please message for answers to any further questions you may have. Additional images upon request. Global Shipping available. The painting is signed both front and back and will be delivered directly from my studio extremely well packaged, insured and protected. You do not need to frame it – it can simply be hung. Hanging/installation hardware fitted. Final coat of varnish will be applied for protection. A signed Certificate of Authenticity will be provided with the painting. Whether you buy or browse thank you for taking the time to explore my work.

Details & Dimensions

Collage:Paper on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:39.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.

Benjamin Phillips is an artist who uses everything from paint brushes to power tools to create large-scale, mixed-media compositions on handmade wooden panels. By developing his own unique art-making techniques he is able to marry his history—as the son of a master craftsman, oil painter and driftwood sculptor—with his interest in the contemporary urban landscape and is able to connect seemingly disparate ideas through form and materials. Many of the collage elements in his work are culled directly from the streets of London. Once back in his studio, he incorporates these ephemera into his work to create a contemporary abstraction. He gathers public imagery to repurpose towards his own aesthetic. Through this work, he explores the relationship between materiality and urban landscapes. Like the layers that make up the human consciousness, the layers of his work include posters, flyers, graffiti, and other aspects of urban archaeology that comprise the city’s psyche. The fragmented, textural, topographical nature of his work reflects the city’s ever-changing surfaces, which have accrued years of printed matter. His work is a snapshot of a specific moment. It combines many cultures and many stories into individual works of art, both calling to mind London’s sensory overload of colours, noises, and smells and allowing viewers to determine the works’ dynamic meaning and social impact for themselves. Benjamin Phillips lives and works in London, England and his work is exhibited and collected worldwide.

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Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Bristol, London, London

Artist featured in a collection

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