Sculpture and Photography by Philip Hitchcock
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:00 -
"Artist Philip Hitchcock is
a post-modern Prometheus."
— Mark Fischer, Riverfront
PHD Gallery showcases the work of gallery owner and
artist Philip Hitchcock. Challenging and compelling, the life-size
figures by Philip Hitchcock merge fantasy and reality to create powerful
sculptural forms, evoking themes of heroism and human frailty. Often
inspired by mythological icons, the hyper-realistic forms, which are
created from multiple castings of live models, are layered and embellished
Of this body of work Dr. William H. Gerdts an American art historian
and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center
writes: “Hitchcock’s sculpture is really powerful stuff.
His technical aesthetic is very much his own innovation. He is able
to manipulate his castings through tremendously imaginative reorganization
and addition of forms, through carefully selected segmentation,
and through dramatic color expression, which move into a darker,
intensely more private world of fear, desire, and renewal.”
Although PHD Gallery will showcase several of Hitchcock’s
life-size sculptures, central to this exhibit are the limited edition
photographs of select works shot by Hitchcock. Many images are plates
taken from his book, Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock.
About the Artist…
PHD Gallery owner Philip
Hitchcock has challenged people with his art for over 20 years.
His life-size Christ
Embracing the Cross is part of the permanent collection
of Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) and he is responsible
for the portrait bust of Dr. Richard Chaifetz on permanent display
at The Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
FOX TV commissioned Hitchcock to create over 20
full bodysculptures for its hit show The Swan, and The
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) retained the artist to create
bodycast sculptures of its wrestling “superstars” for
the Wrestlemania Fan Access show held at Toronto’s Skydome.
Hitchcock’s work can be seen on the small and big screen including
a local feature on Living St. Louis.
His works have been featured in solo and group exhibits and are
in prestigious collections such as Leslie-Lohman Foundation, New
York, NY; Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA); Mark Taper
Family/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA; Leather Archives &
Museum, Chicago, IL; Henry Jewelry, Hong Kong; Barbie Benton, Aspen,
CO; Michele Rodriguez, Cagliari, Italy and Rene Hubschmid of Switzerland.
Hitchcock has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work
including the 2006 Artistic Achievement and Public Relations Award
from the Association of Lifecasting International, (ALI); the 1997
Broadcast Design Award for MGM/UA’s Outer Limits limited edition
sculpture, and the designation of being among “The OUT 100”
in 2001, an annual list of the 100 most influential gay men and
lesbians in America, according to OUT magazine. He is the author
of Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock.
Commercially, Hitchcock has been commissioned to create work for
St. Louis Pride, Inc., Central Institute for the Deaf, Disneyland’s
Tomorrowland, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., Delta Air
Lines, and the L.A. Stage Alliance for whom he creates annually
the LA Stage Ovation Award which recognizes excellence in Los Angeles
A magna cum laude graduate from UCLA, Hitchcock relocated to St.
Louis in 2005. He opened PHD Gallery, in April of 2007 and has curated
over 40 exhibitions featuring artworks by local regional, and national
artists, including the first ever St. Louis exhibition of original
Tom of Finland drawings. PHD Gallery has received critical praise
from numerous media outlets including the New York Times.
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon to 4:00
PM or by appointment.
2300 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118 · Map ·