Phil Jupitus

Phill Jupitus was born in 1962 in Newport, Isle of Wight and is best known for his work as stand-up comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster. He was a team captain on BBC Two’s popular music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks and also appears regularly as a guest on several other panel shows including QI and BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

Throughout his television career Phill has maintained his abilities as an artist and has been making art professionally since 1982 as a cartoonist and designer. Phill takes his inspiration from the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, Gee Vaucher, Sean Hillen, Linder Sterling and Max Ernst and has always had a fascination with the contrast and humour of collage as a visual art form.

In the past year has developed a series of collage works, the first of which The Art Tourists was an instant sell-out. He quickly followed this up with his second series, Madmensheviks, a wry look at what the post-war establishment were trying to sell to the public from either side of the Iron Curtain. As 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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