Peter Phillips b. 1939
T01159 RANDOM ILLUSION NO. 4 1968
Inscribed on reverse ‘Peter Phillips 1969 The Random Illusion III’, with duplicate inscriptions, one on stretcher bar.
Acrylic, tempera and silkscreen ink on canvas, and acrylic lacquer on wood, 78⅜×133¾ (200×340).
Purchased from the artist through Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich (Grant-in-Aid) 1969.
Exh: Information, Kunsthalle, Basle, June–July 1969, and Karlsruhe, August–September 1969 (15); Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, October–November 1969 (no catalogue numbers, repr. on invitation card).
The inscription and date on the reverse were made in error.
The artist told the compiler (conversation, 18 June 1970) that all his paintings since ‘AutoKustoMotive’ 1964 (coll: Peter Stuyvesant Foundation) were part of a continuum concerned with the twin themes of random selection of pre-selected imagery and contrasted types of illusionism. For the seven paintings so far in the ‘Random Illusion’ series, Phillips designated several categories of image each of which was then represented within each picture by an image selected, within its category, at random. He therefore considers the seven ‘Random Illusion’ paintings, which differ strikingly in appearance though not in general organisation, as in one sense the same painting…