Phillips appoints Jean-Paul Engelen as President, Americas

Jean-Paul Engelen
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Phillips appoints Jean-Paul Engelen as President, Americas

NEW YORK – JANUARY 12, 2022 – Phillips is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Paul Engelen as President, Americas. In this newly created role, Mr. Engelen will be responsible for overseeing Phillips’ business activities and clients in the region, ensuring the effective implementation of the company’s strategic plans in the Americas. In addition to his role as President, Americas, he will continue as Global Co-Head of 20th Century and Contemporary Art.

“Jean-Paul has been instrumental in the growth and success of Phillips since joining the firm in 2015,” said Stephen Brooks, CEO of Phillips. “From overseeing the first Phillips evening sale in Hong Kong in 2016 to organizing the most successful auction in Phillips’ 225-year history last November, Jean-Paul has helped build and lead one of the strongest teams in the industry. We look forward to seeing his drive for innovation extend beyond the 20th century and contemporary art, as he guides our team across the Americas. “

Under the joint leadership of Mr. Engelen alongside Robert Manley, Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art department has experienced extraordinary growth. Their vision has been to create a destination where the best of top-notch post-war art is sold alongside cutting-edge work by newcomers to auction and emerging talent. The determination to move this project forward led the global team to their most successful auction year of all time in 2021.

With the team, Mr. Engelen has been responsible for many successes since joining Phillips seven years ago, ranging from selling David Hockney’s Nichols Canyon, at that of Winston Churchill The ditch, Breccles, to Francis Bacon’s “Pope with owls”. Since taking the reins in 2015, the 20th Century & Contemporary Art department has seen a 72% increase in auctions globally, with talent expanding across all regions.

Mr. Engelen joined Phillips with more than two decades of experience in auctions and the private sectors of the art market. With extensive experience working with contemporary artists, Mr. Engelen came to Phillips from Qatar Museums, where he was Director of Public Art Programs for 5 years. In this role he was responsible for a major program of public art installations, including the production of Richard Serra’s ‘East West West East’, the creation of a program and artist space in residence, as well as numerous important contemporary art exhibitions. Prior to the Qatar Museums, he spent 16 years at Christie’s, the last four of which were in the role of Senior Specialist and Director of Post-War and Contemporary Art.



Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the fields of 20th century and contemporary art, design, photography, publishing, watches and jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of the collection. Auctions and exhibitions are held in auction rooms in New York, London, Geneva and Hong Kong, while clients are served through representative offices based in Europe, the United States and Asia. . Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. In addition to offering buying and selling opportunities through auctions, Phillips negotiates private sales and provides assistance with appraisals, appraisals and other financial services.

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NEW YORK – Jaime Israni, Director of Public Relations, Americas +1 212 940 1398

LONDON – Katie Carder, Press Manager, Europe +44 20 7901 7938

HONG KONG – Ingrid Hsu, Director of Public Relations, Asia +852 2318 2043

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