Friday, April 27, 2012


Heart of Darkness is nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award. Something to (Melvyn) Bragg about. In the opera category we are bitterly pitted against Hector Berlioz in a lavish (and brilliant) production of The Damnation of Faust by my old friend Terry Gilliam. O'Regan versus Berlioz: it's a tough draw. You will hear about it if we win, but expect silence. At least I can look forward on Tuesday 1st May at the Dorchester ceremony to raising a glass as old Hector B shuffles up to Melvyn to accept the prize...

Alan Oke (Marlow) and Njabulo Madlala (Thames Captain) in Heart of Darkness.

A new website, handsomely styled and edited by Lucy Shortis and Steve Xerri, will appear soon and incorporate this blog. Information to follow: watch this space: do not adjust your set.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Seventy Fifth Birthday News

Seventy fifth birthday looming up and a small self fest to celebrate. 

The new and updated 5th edition of A Humument will be published by Thames & Hudson on 24th May.

24th May (the birthday itself) is also varnishing day at the RA where I’ll be showing tennis balls and 5 new prints in the Summer Exhibition. 

25th May going local again with a substantial exhibition namely of prints at GX Gallery.

On 26th a show of new work will open at Flowers East.

Will be doing a reading from A Humument at Review Bookshop on 30th May. 

For the Flowers show I seem to be in the middle of a group of a dozen or so pastels. Pastels again, yes. Somehow I find myself in tune with paper and charcoal and chalk and pastel and especially with the rubbing out of same, working backwards, erasing away, letting the paper do the white work… more like finding a sculpture inside a messy bit of wood; subtracting, getting rid of, carving back.

How it Ended Up, Pastel, 2012, h61cm x w46cm

Also on birthday number 75, an update to A Humument App for iPad and iPhone comes out on iTunes, and a brand new, redesigned Tom Phillips website will be launched (more about that soon). In the following week I shall be on the road again for the fortieth sampling of 20 Sites n Years.

Blog readers are invited to the private view of my show at GX Gallery, Camberwell on the 25th May, and the opening at Flowers East on the 26th May. 

I hope to bump into all three of you at one or the other of these events.