Gallery Panel: Tom Phillips

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Tom Phillips, Eleanor Rigby, 2020. Oil on canvas, 167 x 136cm. Courtesy: the artist

ASHLEIGH JONES

Independent curator and gallery manager, Michael Reid Sydney

Tom eerily captures desolate streets and a profoundly lone figure. It is no easy feat to visually capture the lyrics of such a venerable song, however Tom has seized the kernel of loneliness and its human struggle. Tom has said “I believe art should say something about the world we live in” and he does so, his words lie nestled within his raw and deliberate brushstrokes found in this painting.

KITTY CLARK

Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney

Tom’s vivid brushwork gestures vulnerability and isolation as much as the title (Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby), references loneliness. The crude use of colour and shadow speak of his emotional intrigue for the forgotten people of society, much like the song lyrics, “…all the lonely people, where do they all come from….where do they all belong…”. Tom, maybe not so inadvertently, suggests the inescapable fact that loneliness is something we all experience and can relate to. The ease in the stance of the lone figure seems to illustrate a contrasting sense of solidarity as well as revealing anxiety in its isolation. Crossed legs and tilted head, Eleanor looks at us, with both sad and sweet recognition.

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