Philippe Dubois (born in
Lobbes on 4 November 1958) is a Belgian painter. He
signs his work under the pseudonym PHEBUS.
He started painting at the age of 30. In October 1989 he exposed his first paintings in the National Saloon of the SNCB, the Belgian railway company, where he won the first price of the public with a marine (sailboat).
During several years he studied the art of painting and drawing in Thudinie with Ben Genaux (Leers-et-Fosteau) and the Georges Dubuisson (surrealistic painter, La Buissiere - Merbes-le-Chateau). Between 1989 en 1990 he spent a lot of time in Amsterdam, studying the work of Vincent Van Gogh.
In the nineties his work evolved to more abstract art. In December 1998 he exposed his abstract work for the first time in the Musee de la Porte of Tubize (Belgium).
After living 35 years in the village Fontaine-Valmont (Hainaut), Philippe Dubois currently lives and works in Brussels.
(Brigitte Descartes, Doctor of Philosophy/History of Art)
Thursday 29th January 2009: the Belgian painter Phebus becomes a graphic artist and upsets the painting standards by launching the movement Backside.
Backside is a nonconformist way of painting. The material is turned literally upside down: the artist is painting on the backside of the canvas. Released from rigid standards, the painter is able to give free play to its enthusiasm and its creativity. Against the current and marginal in its kind, Backside wants to upset the conventional painting and expressits innovative and provocative spirit.
Phebus: I am grateful to all the painters that have preceded me, from the caves of Lascaux to Kandinsky.
Member of International Association of Art