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Tom Phillips CBE RA (b.1937)

Tom Phillips CBE RA (b.1937)

Code: 10357


W: 6.5cm (2.6")H: 12cm (4.7")


Tom Phillips CBE RA

A Humument No.58

Signed bottom, titled and dated 1969.

A humument was invented by Tom Phillips after he purchased a book entitled ' A Human Document' in 1966 from an antiques depository in Peckham. He took the two words from the title and combined the beginnings and ends to form the new word.  Phillips dissected the book and each page was obscured in part to produce interesting meanings and phrases to make a new story. Each page was given a different treatment, beautifully illuminated, becoming both a poem and work of art.  The whole book was given the treatment and eventually was published in its entirety. Other books followed and were treated in the same way, the pages have been published as limited edition prints.

Original pages from the original 'Humument' are very rare in 1984 Tom Phillips made an arrangement with the Sackler Archive to sell them the 367 illuminated pages in his posession, and any further works he made in this medium.


Tom Phillips continues with his humuments and they are now available as an iphone app.