Details:

This painting depicts a nude female figure with long brown hair holding a cat toy as she stands in front of a large window. Phillips’ compositions combine the day-to-day reality of life with the artist’s imagination, in dialogue with contemporary online visual culture.
Unframed

① Artwork:

Miami Beach, Cristine & Cherry

This painting depicts a nude female figure with long brown hair holding a cat toy as she stands in front of a large window. A light gray cat is perched on the window's ledge, fixated on the fluffy white ball on the bottom of the string; the animal's paw is held slightly up and out in anticipation.

Much like Brad Phillips’ critically acclaimed book Essays and Fictions—published by Giancarlo DiTrapano (1974-2021) of Tyrant Books—the artist’s figurative paintings take on a dual identity where truth and untruths are presented side-by-side. Any attempt to categorize Phillips' paintings as mere depictions of his personal and inner life would be an error; however, this is a mistake the artist's work encourages viewers to make. Phillips’ compositions combine the day-to-day reality of life with the artist’s imagination. This duality opens a potent dialogue about the current state of culture—where pictures shared online become currency, signifiers and identities.

Specs:

30 inches
40 inches

③ Artist:

Brad Phillips

Brad Phillips’ artwork explores dark subjects, including addiction, mental illness, mortality and eroticism. The artist’s paintings, ranging from text-based to photorealist, present truths and untruths in tandem. Phillips’s work often playfully references stereotypes of the struggling male artist, inviting viewers to misread his compositions as autobiography—exploring the intersection between dominant cultural readings, lived experience and the imagination.

Brad Phillips:
Miami Beach, Cristine & Cherry, 2021
Oil on canvas
40.0 × 30.0 inches /
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