Barry Phipps


Barry Phipps is an Iowa City based multimedia artist. Since graduating from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, he has spent nearly three decades as a working artist. 

In the 90's he was a member of Chicago indie rock group The Coctails, appearing on MTV, performing at Lollapalooza and touring across the US and Japan. He was a resident DJ for several years at Chicago’s Smart Bar. He founded Beep Media, Inc. in late 90s, a mobile DJ business with a staff of ten DJs.

In the 2000's he founded North Branch Recording Studio and the Tight Ship Records label. In 2015 he opened The Barry Phipps Shop, a gallery, performance and retail space and The Barry Phipps Apparel Company, a line of denim bags and industrial work aprons.

Since The Coctails, Barry has continued making music. His latest album The Town was released on vinyl on his own Tight Ship Records label. 

For the past ten years he has worked as a professional photographer in Chicago and Iowa City. He has photographed weddings nationally and abroad, including France, Italy, and Sweden.

He is the author of Between Gravity and What Cheer (Iowa, 2018). He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.