Peter Phillips was born 21 May 1939 in Birmingham, England. As a main artist of the british pop art, Phillips studied at the Royal College of Art together with other artist that will become worldwide popular as David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and others from the British Pop Art movement. He later moved to New York, where he held different exhibitions with the american pop artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist.
He was particularly close to the american culture and its iconography and advertising styl. In 1963 he was at the Paris Biennale and in 1964 his works were shown in the Pop Art exhibition at the Hague, Vienna and Berlin. In 1972, Phillips had a retrospective at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster and in 1976 at the Tate Gallery, London. In 1982-83 he had a retrospective exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
During the nineties Peter Phillips had different exhibitions in Canada and in the United States. Another retrospective was held in 2002 at the Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy. Phillips currently lives in Australia working in his studio gallery.