Tom Phillips

Phillips T 1992, Works and Texts, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, pp 80-83 and 94-98

I was introduced to the text works of Tom Phillips in a previous read book, Art and Text. This book, written by the artist himself, generously gives insight to the thinking, writing and drawing practice of Tom Phillips. He speaks about his letter and his language pictures, which are executed using stencils or hand writing but often pushed to the limit of understanding so that letters form the image itself with limited ability to be read as words. The author refers to a critic of his, Bill Hurrell, as suggesting that the use of hand lettering allowed access to more emotion in the work. I am interested in the idea of text as image and would like to include this aesthetic aspect of text in my work, whilst at the same time retaining traditional text meaning.

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