Phillips-Ewen

Author

Isla graduated with a first class BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Her specialisms were Art, Archaeology and the Roman poet Ovid. After graduation she spent a year in Japan, where she interned as a curatorial assistant at the Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum. Currently, Isla is studying for a History of Art MA in London (part-time). Professionally (full-time) Isla is based in Kent as a director of an educational charity and a teacher.

Articles by Isla


Women Artists

A Female Artist of the Edo Period: Nōguchi Shōhin

Nōguchi Shōhin (野口 小蘋) (1847–1917) was a leading Japanese painter from the Edo period (1603–1867). She was born in Osaka to a ...

Isla Phillips 28 September 2021

Museum Stories

Beyond the National Gallery and Tate: Best London Art Museums

All of the art museums in London have free entry and also host excellent exhibitions worth their ticket prices. Some may be well known locations, and ...

Isla Phillips 25 September 2021

dailyart

18th Century Aristocratic Marriage Like in the Bridgerton Series

Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen is a huge triple portrait of the Montgomery sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It thematizes aristocratic marriage ...

Isla Phillips 18 February 2021

Museum Stories

Unique Greek Geometric Art to See in Florida: Exhibition and Interview

In conversation with Dr. Michael Bennett, MFA Senior Curator of Early Western Art at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, we explore the world of ...

Isla Phillips 5 February 2021

Special Occasion And News

The Pros and Cons of Maggie Hambling’s Mary Wollstonecraft

Maggie Hambling CBE (b. 1945) is a British artist who is rarely seen without a cigarette. She paints beautiful land and seascapes, has several ...

Isla Phillips 21 December 2020

Special Occasion And News

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with ...

Isla Phillips 25 December 2020

Expressionism

Circus and Jazz of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) was a French artist famous for his use of colour. The Circus (below) is a colour stencil piece from Matisse's book ...

Isla Phillips 30 December 2020

Literature

The Art of Ekphrasis: 5 Novels that Deftly Describe Art

Describing works of art is an essential part of art history and even as a research method in itself. And yet, description is also often ...

Isla Phillips 2 November 2020

Museum Stories

Stepping into the South of France with Picasso at BASTIAN

BASTIAN's exhibition Atelier Picasso in London (3rd September – 31st October 2020) evokes the mood and heat of Picasso's later years in the South ...

Isla Phillips 7 October 2020

Architecture

The Louvre Pyramid and 5 Other Art Museums Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei

Ioh Ming Pei (貝聿銘) (1917-2019) was a Chinese American modernist architect with international acclaim. Exciting for art history ...

Isla Phillips 21 September 2020