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Artist Phil Hale in 2008 at the reveal of his portrait of Tony Blair.

Philip Oliver Hale (born in 1963. Boston Mass.),is an American figurative painter who currently resides in London,England. Here is what Hale has to say about his work:

My career in illustration stretched from 1981 to 2000 with a few later forays and lapses….The more illustration work I did, the more its necessary strictures and compromises became trouble…My unhappiness with the illustration work I was producing pushed me into portraiture and then fine art (though that is a dumb misnomer in many ways). But as I progressed, an unexpected element that is normally associated with illustration turned out to be at the center of the newer work: narrative. In a way I stayed true to my original and unself-conscious love of illustration.

Published works

Major works

  • Double Memory: Art and Collaboration by Rick Berry and Phil Hale
  • A Monster at Christmas by Phil Hale and hom Canty
  • Goad: The Many Moods of Phil Hale by Phil Hale
  • Mockingbirds/ Relaxeder by Phil Hale
  • Sparrow: Phil Hale by Phil Hale
  • The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King, interior illustrations by Phil Hale
  • Urge Ourselves Under by Phil Hale
  • Empire by Phil Hale
  • Black Crack by Phil Hale


  • Golden Phone Plays Mockingbirds by Golden Phone (a band in which Phil Hale and Jon Wygens play)

Book covers

  • Arbitrary Crude by Enders Buzcienski
  • By the Time I got to Phoenix by Paolo Belhassaine
  • Candyass, 2 a.m. by Willem Barough
  • Conspicuity by Sanford Pel
  • Farther the Shoals, Darker than This by Duane Michael Edley
  • Fondle by Sanford Pel
  • Goya by B. Grutbauer
  • Hero is Angry by Y.Carlos Cantor
  • Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
  • Hong on the Range by William F Wu
  • I am Drugs by Jayne Reeser
  • Insomnia by Stephen King
  • Lungs, Lips and Liver by Rena Davrin
  • Makes Me Want to Cry by Bob Mertz
  • Mofo by Hooglander Ivanov
  • New Black Car by James Higgins (as yet unpaid)
  • Relaxeder by Carsten Glock
  • Shrivel and Deplete by B. Grutbauer
  • Tendresse by Gene Scott Tzerati
  • The Male and Female Uro-genital systems: Collected Essays 1992-97 by Rafael Onlhy
  • The Male and Female Uro-genital systems: Collected Essays 1997-99 by Rafael Onlhy
  • The Pornographic Diagram is Incorrect by Rena Davrin
  • Mary the Very Hairy Fairy by Phil Hale and Avalon Hale Thomson



  • Epic December 1985


  • Playboy (July 98)
  • Playboy (Sep 98)
  • Playboy (Feb 05)
  • Imbroglio Magazine (June 5)
  • Imbroglio Magazine (April 9)
  • Tripwire Magazine (July 9)

Other published work

  • Poster for Spectrum 13: Call for Entries
  • Featured in certain issues of Spectrum annual
  • Poster for Lucca Comics and Games 2009


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