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Tom Phillips turns 80

Today is the 80th birthday of notable Peckham resident Tom Phillips RA. Philips designed the lamp posts and street mosaics on Bellenden Road and each spring since 1973, he has photographed 20 sites across Camberwell and Peckham, resulting in an eternal, evolving portrait of the neighbourhood.

Phillips first exhibited at the South London Gallery while he was a student at Camberwell School of Art where he was taught by Frank Auerbach. He went on to have a solo show Sacred and Profane at the SLG in 1997 and was included in the group exhibition Independence in 2003. On 25 May a retrospective exhibition of his work will open at Flowers Gallery and this September we’ll be hosting Phillips’ multimedia opera Irma which is inspired by his most famous artwork A Humument, painted onto the pages of a Victorian novel bought for threepence on Peckham Rye in 1966. 

If you’d like to find out more you can pick up a copy of A Humument in the SLG book shop or visit Phillips’ website.



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