David Phillips is an example of Indiana’s early figurative work. In 1954, after finishing his studies at the University of Edinburgh, Indiana moved to London, where he enrolled in a seminar at the University of London and shared a studio in Hampstead with a sculptor. With the sculptor’s help, Indiana constructed an easel, and over the summer completed a number of portraits of his London friends. Among them was David Phillips, a poet who later became an art historian. Indiana recalled in an interview that it was Phillips, who toured around London in a motorcycle, who introduced him to the city. 
 Susan Elizabeth Ryan, Ph. D. Interview with Robert Indiana. November 14, 1991. Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech Archive, 1987–2005.