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Kewpie Doll

Kewpie Doll
signed, inscribed and dated 'KEWPIE 1963/64 Peter Phillips' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas, in the artist's painted frame
52 x 42 in. (132 x 106.7 cm.)
Painted in 1963-64.
Peter Cochrane, London.
Purchased by the present owner at the 2013 exhibition.
Exhibition catalogue, Peter Phillips, Münster, Westfälischer Kunstverein, 1972, n.p., no. 24.
E. Crispolti, Peter Phillips: Works 1960-1974, Milan, 1977, n.p., no. 30, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, RetroVision: Peter Phillips Paintings 1960-1982, Liverpool, Arts Council of Great Britain, Walker City Art Gallery, 1982, p. 24, no. 9, illustrated.
W. Guadagnini, exhibition catalogue, Peter Phillips, Modena, Palazzina dei Giardini, 2002, p. 65, exhibition not numbered, illustrated.
Münster, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Peter Phillips, November - December 1972, no. 24.
Liverpool, Arts Council of Great Britain, Walker City Art Gallery, RetroVision: Peter Phillips Paintings 1960-1982, June - August 1982, no. 9: this exhibition travelled to Oxford, Museum of Modern Art, August - October 1982; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Laing Art Gallery, October - November 1982; Edinburgh, Fruit Market Gallery, January - February 1983; Southampton, City Art Gallery, March - May 1983; and London, Barbican Art Gallery, July - September 1983.
London, Birch and Conran Gallery, British Pop Art, April - May 1987.
Palma de Mallorca, Casal Solleric, Peter Phillips: 1962-1997, June - July 1997.
Modena, Palazzina dei Giardini, Peter Phillips, March - June 2002, exhibition not numbered.
Christie's, Mayfair, When Britain Went Pop, October - November 2013, exhibition not numbered, ex-catalogue.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent. This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

In the characteristic Phillips style, Kewpie Doll is an assemblage of disparate elements, ostensibly put together with collage-like spontaneity, but in fact carefully planned and finely executed, with a commercial artist’s emphasis on immaculate uniformity of surface finish. Recognisable elements from the Phillips canon are apparent, from the pinball-table stylings of the stars and stripes to the fragment of a technical drawing that looks like it could have been cut from the pages of a car maintenance manual. The resulting combination seems designed to disorient the viewer; the ‘Kewpie Doll’ text is mirrored (no such doll actually figures in the painting), and the area on the left simultaneously over- and under-laps elements in a way that would be difficult to achieve with a simple collage. The effect of the painting is reminiscent of the sensory overload of daily life, and in an increasingly media saturated world feels as apt in 2021 as it would have done in the early 1960s heyday of British Pop Art.

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