Phil Coy is an artist working across a range of media, collaging concepts rooted in the radical art and literature of the 20th century, with languages and architectures of contemporary global commerce.
In 2000, he began making work exploring the intersection between digital and analogue modes of production, with an emphasis on landscape representation. In large scale land works such ‘A walk in the park‘ (2000), ‘Red Square‘ (2004) and ‘Black spot’ (2005) he mixed techniques of digital imaging, minimalist painting and land art to produce a proto-augmented reality. He frequently works with specific communities, architects, software developers, musicians and scientists to produce digital films, generative performances, and public works.
He has shown extensively at galleries, film festivals and for site-specific and public commissions in the UK and internationally. Venues include: ‘Waterloo Sunset‘ at Hayward Gallery, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; South London Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Wilkinson Gallery, London; Siobhan Davies Dance, London; Ferens Art; Gallery, Hull; FACT, Liverpool; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; National Glass Centre, Sunderland; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; Corner House, Manchester; Edinburgh City Art Centre; Sainsbury’s Centre, Norwich; Whitstable biennale, Kent; Ev+a biennale, Limerick, Ireland; Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad; Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; 58th + 59th BFI London Film Festivals; Artprojx Cinema, Armory Show, New York; LOOP Festival, Barcelona.
He studied at Norwich Arts school from 1989 to 1990 and at Liverpool John Moores from 1990 to 1993. From 1994 to 1995 he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Nantes and between 1998 and 2000 completed an MA at The Slade School of Fine Art. He is currently working on a new film commission ‘Coastal Darkening’ with Tyneside Cinema and Whitstable Biennale for Estuary 2020 and on a series of films and sound works as Brunel Universities first Artist-in-Residence. He lives and works between London and Ramsgate.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include:
‘A whole history of Hollows and reliefs’, South London Gallery (2018); Royal Observatory Greenwich Planetarium (2018); ‘Strata – Rock – Dust – Stars‘, York Museum and Art Gallery (2018); ‘Islands’, Annely Juda Fine Art (2018); ‘The New Observatory‘, FACT, Liverpool (2017); ‘Prairie Lands of Sea‘ (with Frances Scott), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); ‘Offshore‘, Feren’s Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum (2017); ‘The Green Ray‘, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2016); ‘Production‘, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016); and permanent public work ‘Cally colour chart (your right to continued existence)’ for Caledonian Road, London (2016).