Paul Philp - NOMAD x Phillips Paris Monday, September 28, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Paul Philp’s composite stoneware sculpture brings together many of the recurring themes and areas of exploration in his work in the five sections of this exceptionally large piece.

    From the artist: “The abstract idea here is concerned with the harmony inherent in the composition of what would otherwise appear as a series of high fired ceramic blocks. The five sections, as in a musical chord, seem to have a harmonious feel, to work together in chorus as a balanced single piece.”

    And, as always in Philp’s work, there is reference to ancient form. In the maker’s mind, “the piece has qualities which remind the viewer of masonry in ancient marble buildings.”

    The surface is heavily worked and textured, achieved with repeated applications of material and repeated firings at the high stoneware temperature of 1260 degrees C. The result is an important synthesis of many of the unique strands in the much admired body of work Paul Philp has created over the past decades.



Monolithic modular slab in 5 pieces

Hand-built, high-fired glazed stoneware.
56 x 90 x 12 cm (22 x 35 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Three of the pieces impressed with the artist's stamp.

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NOMAD x Phillips

Virtual Destination 28 September - 11 October 2020