Opinion

The Bad Celebrity Art of Richard Phillips

Holy shit, I can’t believe how bad someone who shows at Gagosian can be. Honestly, WTF!?!?! I love embracing artists of all stripes but this dude essentially makes high-brow-ish fan art.

Painting celebrities as a commentary on celebrity or history painting — or whatever he thinks it is — is dull, making ad-like videos of celebrities is duller but a badly done photo shoot of a d-list reality TV personality is dullest.

His recently photos of Work of Art host China Chow for Elle is one of the most appallingly bad photo spreads I’ve encountered in ages. Mr. Phillips what you do looks most of the time like celebrity posters for the 1% or art school experiments.

I saw you speak at an event recently and I wanted to like you, I thought perhaps there was a level of scrutiny that I’m not seeing … something … but alas nada.

This may be the first and last thing I ever write about Phillips, but I’m curious what other people think. Am I missing something? Honestly, help me.

Oh wait, your portrait of Leonardo di Caprio is pretty … well, if what you’re doing could be done with a smartphone app … nevermind.

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