Ian Phillips was born in 1969 in Leicester, UK. An early fascination with all things Japanese introduced Ian to the beauty and craftsmanship of Japanese prints. The romantic image of an artist embarking on a long, difficult, exotic journey and drawing places he/she sees along the way is an idea that still consumes Ian today. Although he likes to go off on long journeys, he also likes to be back in his mid Wales studio, turning the sketches into prints.
Ian is one of Wales's foremost linocut artists. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad over the last 10 years. In 2010, Ian was made a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.