Born in Texas in 1969, Patrick Phipps grew up in a bedroom community near Houston. His suburban childhood gave him an appreciation for the finer things in life, like cable television and convenience stores. After studying in Austin and later Houston, Phipps had the opportunity to live for three months in London, where he gained further appreciation for British television and convenience stores. He currently is an artist in residence with the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. He divides his time between his art and working for a contemporary art bookstore, which has informed his work to a great extent.