Cece Philips (b. 1996, London, UK) is a self-taught visual artist based in London drawn to large scale figurative works. Following a degree in History, Philips did an art course in Florence before spending two years in the advertising industry. Leaving her job to pursue painting full time in Spring 2020, she had her debut solo exhibition I See in Colour at HOME by Ronan McKenzie in April 2021.
Placing her work in the intersection between real and imagined, Philips often uses archival writings and found historical photographs to inspire the figures she paints. Interweaving past and present to imagine these stories, Philips works predominantly in oil paint, exploring how both colour and negative space can be used to amplify these tales. The artist’s current body of work explores the relationships between women and power, thinking about how expressions of influence have historically been depicted through cultural signifiers and body language, and how this can be reimagined.
2022 (Upcoming) ADA contemporary art gallery, Accra, Ghana
2021 ‘Memories of The Future’ Post Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 ‘On Love’, Home by Ronan Mckenzie, London, UK
2021 ‘Mother of Mankind’, ADA contemporary art gallery & HOFA, London, UK
2021 ‘At Peace’, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK
Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the artist.