Tom Phillips was born in Adelaide, South Australia, November 1967. As a young adult, he saw an art documentary on Sidney Nolan which inspired him to become an artist. He enrolled at the Adelaide Central School of Art in 1992, where he won an Internal Scholarship in 1994. At art school he discovered Francis Bacon who inspired him to become a figurative painter. He gained his Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts in 1997.
Since then he has been an active member of the Adelaide visual arts scene and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions around Australia, including major art prizes. He is an expressionist artist depicting human struggle in our society, and his style is both original and raw. He holds back no punches, and let’s his brushes do the talking for him - Phillips is a paint brush warrior at heart. He has been described as the Albert Tucker of our times. Phillips lives and works in Adelaide.