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 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.