Graphic artist and painter, Tom Phillips was born in London in 1937. From 1957 to 1966 he attended St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, where his studies were principally in Anglo- Saxon and English Literature. In addition, he participated in the University’s contemporary music and film activities, as well as studying drawing at Oxford’s Rudkin School of Drawing and Fine Art. In 1960 he taught English, Music and Art at a Brixton Secondary School. He attended the Camberwell School of Art from 1961 to 1963.
Phillips taught at the Wolverhampton College of Art and at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. He has held numerous one-man exhibitions in Britain and abroad since 1965. In 1975 a retrospective of his work took place at the Vaduz Kunsthalle in Basle.
In a number of his prints, Phillips uses the trademark of incorporating letters designed sometimes in logical text, other times just for the pleasure of the shapes of the letters.
Phillips was made an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1984 and a full member in 1990. In 1999 he became an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute and an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. In addition, he is a Trustee of the British Museum and of the National Portrait Gallery.