Artist Richard Phillips is featured in issue 1 of Galore Mag. Here’s an exclusive q&a with the talented painter and filmmaker along with his breathtaking lifelike paintings of supermodel Adriana Lima. Richard speaks of his experience as an artist, his works with controversial starlets such as Lindsay Lohan & Sasha Grey, and who he hopes to paint next!
Who has been the best subject to paint?
At any given time the best subject is the one that has made it through a strict editing process both conceptually and image wise.
The images you have painted of Lindsay Lohan are the best we have ever seen of her, would you call her your muse?
Thank you for your kind words! The paintings I painted of Lindsay were the result of a collaboration with her as an artist.
Who is your favorite pop artist?
Jeff Koons. Specifically for his Luxury Degradation show from 1986. I had just moved to New York when I saw his exhibition that gave Pop art it’s first socially, politically, and formally integrated presence far beyond the intentions of the first generation works of Andy Warhol for example.
What was the inspiration for your Adriana Lima paintings ?
The inspiration came from a collaboration with Visionaire’ 62 RIO 3D project. We shot Adriana in front of three twenty two foot high back drops of the favelas in Rio, the Copa Cabana side walk, and Oscar Niemeyer’s Catholic Cathedral in Brasilia.
What do you think of Sasha Grey as an adult performer crossing over, and what made you want to paint her?
Before to working with Sasha I had already admired her work in the Steven Soderbergh film “The Girlfriend Experience” and HBO’s Entourage series. When we shot her for our Film “Sasha Grey” it was always the intention that the film stills would become paintings. I chose the still images that were the most used place holders for the film which had been viewed well over a million times online.
Is there any person you would like to paint in 2013 ?
Seeing as you’re a boss, what do you think of the word bossy- own it or not?
Nah, I’m not “Bossy,” I just tell it like it is!
How did you get into dance?
I started taking dance classes (Ballet, Jazz,) at age 9, then auditioned for a Scholarship at Dupree Dance Academy in Los Angeles when I was 18, 6 classes a day for 2 years helped me become a professional dancer…
Where did the name pussycat dolls come from?
We were normal “Sweet” girls. Dancers by day, but when we hit the stage we turned into fierce kittens, well, PUSSYCATS! We looked like “Dolls” on stage, from the Lashes to the Costumes, so I put the 2 names together, and Ta-Da! Pussycat Dolls!
What makes a star?
Confidence! And Discipline in always working your butt off on your craft. Practice makes perfect, you can NEVER know enough!
What are you working on this year?
Besides my 24/7 Devotion to my GRLs , I am also currently choreographing The Emmys, featuring Weird Al, and Andy Samberg.
Do you think it’s tougher getting to where you are than your male equivalents?
Its challenging, but I work so that I get the same respect and same results.
Do you bring your boss-ness and dominate personally into other parts of your life like the bedroom?
I’m a Pussycat Doll! Does that answer your question?
Do you think you intimidate people around you?
It just comes with the territory being a successful woman, but I treat everyone as an equal and just want to inspire
Whats something you’re really proud so far?
My dog Sugar. She’s almost human and understands me better than anyone. My niece and nephew, Jocie and Asher, and of course my two girl groups, GRL & PCD!