Tantal: The Night Sky, by Tom Phillips RA

by Tom Phillips RA

There is something of an hallucinatory quality to each of Tom Phillips’s three new etchings. The limited edition print is on display in the Keeper’s House from 15 September 2017 to 19 February 2018.
£550.00
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Artwork details

Medium Print
Colour Black/Multicolour
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 50

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Artwork description

Phillips is renowned for his pioneering artist’s book, A Humument, which was given a dedicated gallery at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, 2015. For this work, he drew, collaged and painted over the pages of an obscure Victorian novel, The Human Document, by W.H. Mallock. By revealing and obscuring parts of its text he transformed each page into a unique work of art.

These new prints use a similar visual language, whereby Phillips makes tiny monochrome marks to create his intriguingly dreamlike images. In Tantal: The Night Sky, the ghostly forms apparently floating on the horizon bear some resemblance to the figures found in the Nazca Desert of Peru, which allegedly trace Ley Lines (lines of spirit travel, drawn by ancient cultures).

About Tom Phillips RA

Tom Phillips RA was born in London in 1937, attended Camberwell School of Art then teaching at Bath Academy of Art, Ipswich and Wolverhampton Art College between 1965 and 1972.


Phillips’s first solo show was in 1965 at the Artists International Association Gallery in London, followed by an exhibition at the Angela Flowers Gallery in 1970. His 1989 show at... Go to artist page