In the 1980s, Hubert Phipps was racing Formula Atlantic cars with teammates including Danny Sullivan and Michael Andretti. But while Sullivan and Andretti went on to drive Indy cars, Phipps became a nationally acclaimed artist, a sculptor who is doing an exhibition in Miami in conjunction with Italian coachbuilder ARES.
“Revving up the art world like never before” proclaims the announcement of the exhibition opening December 1 as part of Art Basel Miami and continuing beyond, though January 2022.
The exhibition, “Hubert Phipps: Ascending,” will include Phipps’ art and the North American debut of the ARES S1 supercar.
“We chose these bold sculptures and artworks by Hubert Phipps to debut our first U.S. showroom, and to surround the ARES S1 supercar model for its North American premiere, because when experienced together they create a powerful fusion that supercharges the imagination,” Mo Elarishy of ARES Miami is quoted.
“The tradition of coachbuilding is a form of artmaking going back 100 years, hand-crafting limited production vehicles for discerning customers. The art of Hubert Phipps personifies the creative vision of ARES Modena’s coachbuilt vehicles, celebrated worldwide like commissioned works of art.”
Although he studied at The Art Student’s League in New York City and the San Francisco Art Institute, Phipps pursued auto racing, winning the SCCA F/Atlantic national championship and to race professionally.
After his racing career, he returned to art, with much of his work inspired by auto racing and aviation (he’s a pilot with more than 3,500 hours in the air).