Phil Illingworth’s painting practice is almost wholly experimental. Driven by concept rather than discrete process, his choice of materials and the quality and method of execution is always very carefully considered. Working across a variety of media and playing with scale and form he explores a broad spectrum of concerns. Much of Phil’s work is 3 dimensional which he says is “partly because I like working that way but mostly because painting in 3D has a lot of potential for me. Fundamentally it’s a matter of approach – this work is all about paint and painting. It’s also about a genuine love and respect I have for painting and its rich history.” He goes on to say “I choose my materials and processes very carefully; I hand stitch, for example, as an acknowledgement of and respect for the long tradition of the craft of painting. At the same time I play games. I’m also trying to push to the limit what a painting can be.”
He has exhibited in the UK, the USA, and at the 53rd Venice Biennale with works selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2010, the Marmite Prize IV, and the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013-14.