State of Emergency Collage by Benjamin Phillips

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Art Description

Collage: Paper, Paint on Aluminium, Wood.

Mixed media original artwork created by Benjamin Phillips on handmade Museum standard panel, wood surface which is sustainably sourced and PEFC and FSC certified and an aluminium subframe that will not react to changes in humidity or temperature creating a warp free panel with lasting longevity. “Ready to Hang.”

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 re-purpose 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.

The painting is uniquely signed on the back in Benjamin's now trademark signature in plaster and will be delivered directly from the studio extremely well packaged, insured and protected.
Hanging/installation hardware fitted.
Artwork is UV protected with a high quality archival semi-gloss varnish.
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.




State of Emergency

Benjamin Phillips

United Kingdom


Size: 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 in

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Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Artist Recognition

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Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection

Showed at the The Other Art Fair

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