Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus was born in 1962 in Newport, Isle of Wight. He is best known for his work as stand-up comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster. He has often appeared on tv and radio panel shows, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Even throughout his television career Phill has maintained his abilities as an artist. Since 1982, he has been making art professionally as a cartoonist and designer. Phill takes his inspiration from artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Gee Vaucher, Sean Hillen, Linder Sterling and Max Ernst. His works show his interest in the contrast and humour of collage as a visual art form.

Recently he developed a series of collage works, the first of which The Art Tourists instantly sold out. He followed this up with his second series, Madmensheviks. It was an honest look at what the post-war establishment were trying to sell to the public from either side of the Iron Curtain. As Phill Jupitus says, “The unmistakeable parallels between what was happening visually in America and The Soviet Union drew me to this subject. The bold heroic iconography of Lenin and Stalin sits perfectly with that of stars like John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The smiling faces of Capitalist consumers and Communist citizens are practically indistinguishable”

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