Escape to exhibition

ARTIST Ben Phillips will return to Cooma this week for his final exhibition in Australia before he moves overseas.

Mr Phillips, who grew up in Numeralla and attended Monaro High School, has been living in Melbourne for the past 11 years working as a full time artist and is soon moving to Germany.

He has staged exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Germany with his last solo exhibition was held at Federation Square in Melbourne in January.

He will be returning to Cooma this week for a joint exhibition with his father Jim Phillips and local musician Gunther Gorman, titled Retro, Rad and Rudimentary officially opening this Friday night at the Raglan Gallery.

"This collection that I have here is work from the last fours years. It's a mini-retrospective," Mr Phillips said.

"There is no exact theme. They [the works] somewhat follow the randomness of nature."

Mr Phillips, 32, said he had been painting and drawing his whole life, but never really pursued it as a career.

"It was always something I did naturally. I never planned to be an artist. One day I just realised I was an artist," he said.

"I'm self taught and very much uninfluenced by any movement in art. The paintings are definitely open to interpretation."

The exhibition opened on Wednesday at the Raglan Gallery with an official launch on Friday night at 6pm.

It will run until April 9.

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