Barry Phipps

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Barry Phipps is an Iowa City based multimedia artist. Since graduating from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, he has spent nearly three decades as a working artist. 

In the 90's he was a member of Chicago indie rock group The Coctails, appearing on MTV, performing at Lollapalooza and touring across the US and Japan. He was a resident DJ for several years at Chicago’s Smart Bar. He founded Beep Media, Inc. in late 90s, a mobile DJ business with a staff of ten DJs.

In the 2000's he founded North Branch Recording Studio and the Tight Ship Records label, which has recently reissued The Coctails records on Spotify.

In 2015 he founded The Barry Phipps Apparel Company, a line of denim bags and industrial work aprons.

Since The Coctails, Barry has continued making music. His latest album of modular synthesizer compositions The Exuberance Phase: Selected Modular Works was released on vinyl on his own Tight Ship Records label, available on all streaming platforms.

For the past ten years he has worked as a professional photographer in Chicago and Iowa City. He has photographed weddings nationally and abroad, including France, Italy, and Sweden.

His first published book of photographs Between Gravity and What Cheer: Iowa Photographs from The University of Iowa Press was released in 2018. His latest book Driving a Table Down (also for the University of Iowa Press) was released in May 2020.

Selected Works

Iowa City, IA. Photograph from his book: The Exuberance Phase: Selected 8x10 Works
Scott’s House, Rogersville, MO. Photograph from his book: The Exuberance Phase: Selected 8x10 Works
Dale’s Shed, Hardy, AR. Photograph from his book: The Exuberance Phase: Selected 8x10 Works
Dale’s Shop, Hardy, AR. Photograph from his book: The Exuberance Phase: Selected 8x10 Works
Untitled. 8x10 film photograph.
White Album Reconstruction #23. Three Beatles’ White Album covers mathematically rearranged.
White Album Reconstruction #8. Reconstructed Beatles’ White Album and acrylic paint.