Tongue

1997

Object

Artist

Richard Phillips, American, 1962
Born: Marblehead, MA
Work Locations: New York, NY

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.816

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on linen

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 84 in, 213.3600 cm; width: 78 in, 198.1200 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Known Provenance

Purchased 1997 by Vicki and Kent Logan from Shoshana Wayne Gallery, New York; gifted 2016 to the Denver Art Museum by Vicki and Kent Logan

Extended Info

Richard Phillips is known for his strikingly distinctive paintings which take images from marketing and celebrity culture and enlarge them well beyond life size. “Tongue” is a larger than life painting of a woman’s face. Her blonde hair frames the painting as she looks down toward the viewer, making a suggestive gesture with her tongue. Phillips draws inspiration for his large-scale photo-realist paintings from photographs of celebrities, which he “humanizes” by recreating the glossy runway shots in paint on canvas, albeit in supersize images. Here, he chooses a lascivious gesture photographed from below the model’s face, to focus our attention on the difference a change of angle can make to an otherwise polished, glamorized face-shot.

Richard Phillips received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1984 and his MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art in 1986. He currently lives and works in New York.

© Richard Phillips

Exhibition History

  • "Focus: The Figure"—Denver Art Museum, 08/09/2008 - 02/2011