Exhibition of the week: Tom Phillips, Flowers Gallery, London W1
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 13 September 2013
Tom Phillips has been engaged in a kind of mad, off-kilter art-play all his life – he is 76 – a practice involving the refining and revisiting of favourite themes.
The tiny works in this exhibition are described as oil collages, but that makes them sound conventional. Not at all. Their iridescent surfaces resemble stained glass and mosaic.
Looking closer, they are assembled from fragments of palette, hovering between the abstract and the figurative as they play delicate variants on themes of old-masterishness before hinting at the maker's own mortality (In the Days That Remain). So much wonderfully madcap play to a serious end.
020 7439 7766, to 12 October
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