“Scout”, 1999, PG version (cropped for the show)
Richard Phillips (Born in 1966,in Marblehead, Massachusetts, US. Curently lives and works in New York).
Phillips is know for his large glossery hyper-realistic paintings. Many of the works are inspired from the 50’s, 60’s and 70s and popular culture. The works are often clos-up portraits,with women from fashion and soft porn, but also with persons from the pop music, films, and politics.
The artist has exhibited his works in many solo and group shows around in Europe and the US. He is also represented in a numerous of important collections such as the Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Denver Museum,Tate Modern, the Withney Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Richard Phillips is represented with two pieces on the GG set, with the famous famous “Spectrum” hanging on the wall in the van der Woodsen apartment, and the “Scout” -painting over the bed of Chuck Bass.
With about 3 millions viewers of the show each week, a lot of fans have shown their interest for the work “Spectrum”. As a result of this, one can now get a reproduction of the work for 250 USD from the Art Production Fund.
Richard Phillips “Scout” 1999 (original version)
The Art Production Fund is a non-profit art organization based in New York. The organization leased the set a collection of 25 pieces, among 3 original, the rest high quality reproductions. The production designer Lauren Weeks,set decorator Christina Tonkin, and Stephanie Savage have have worked closely with the Production Fund to match the art with the characters in the show.
Richard Phillips “Spectrum” 1998
Some other pieces by Phillips (not on the show):
Richard Phillips, “Awake into Myth” , 2007
oil on canvas, 108 x 72 inches
(The piece below is an interesting one, and a personal favourite)
Richard Phillips, “Hell” ,2007
oil on canvas
114 x 144 – 3/4 inches
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