Phil (Philippe Durant)

Willy Demayer tout nu

Mixed media
150 x 150 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2006
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

Phil is a draftsman famous for sketches of café scenes that he draws, in situ, on beer cartons (also called beer coasters by specialists) or on white paper tablecloths. These stories have been compiled in the self-published series Chopines ardentes (Ardent pints), whose title underlines the author’s attachment to Liege (also known as the Ardent City). Phil is a major player of local independent publications (C4 paper, Mycose fanzine …). At the end of the 1990s he was working as a regular contributor to the La Balise à cartoon section of weekly magazine Spirou and became one of the pillars of French magazine Psikopat. Phil’s acute sense of observation, his harsh and tender humour and the effectiveness of his strokes, is sometimes reminiscent of Reiser and his work is also regularly published in Spain. In the drawing acquired by SPACE in 2006, he jokes around with soundalikes Winny and Willy, Demeyer and “the mayor” and sketches the Mayor of Liege bathing in the Meuse surrounded by teddy bears. (Julie Hanique)


Lived and worked in Liege