Phil Coy


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 with Tyneside Cinema and Cement Fields for Estuary 2020 and as Brunel Universities first Artist-in-Residence. He lives and works between London and Ramsgate.


The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool