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.

Selected shows have since included ING Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, 2021; Mother of Mankind at HOFA Gallery & ADA Contemporary, 2021; At Peace, Gillian Jason 2021, and her first international solo show, Memories of the Future, at Post Gallery Zurich, October 2021. Philips will be starting the Painting MA at Royal College of Art in September 2022.

Title: The Debate
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 40″ by 60″

Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the artist.