Philip is passionate about art: he eats, dreams, breathes and lives for art !
He has a wide knowledge of contemporary art and is always researching all things art through books and documentaries. Over the last few years he has been developing more figurative narrative pieces and hopes to finish a major series this year, of which, most has never been seen. He also has ideas for 3 different series to work on in 2020 with less on portraiture.
Philip paints 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and he treats his art practice as a
full-time profession. He has been painting full-time since 2014 and he suffers with major guilt if he misses a day in the studio. At night, in front of the TV, he draws and paints in his sketch books. He has one or more on the go. He is prolific and he has amassed some 25,000 plus works from small sketches to large works on board and canvas.
Philip is predominantly a portrait artist and he portrays his subject’s character and personality in a range of portraits using vibrant colour and gritty expressionism often finishing with a realist portrait of them.
He believes a painted portrait should be more than a reproduction of an image that could be obtained easily by a camera click and that it should make the viewer think and feel some empathy towards the sitter.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and has achieved many awards and has been a finalist in many Art Prizes including: Percival Portrait Prize 2016 & 18; Black Swan Portrait Prize 2014;
Gallipoli Art Prize 2010; Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2016; Hornsby Art Prize 2017; Pt Pirie Art Prize 2014, 16; Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize 2017;
Who is Looking at Me 2017; Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize 2017;
ANL Maritime Art Prize 2015, 16, 17 & 18; Solar Art Prize 2015, 16, 17, 18 & 19; Characters of the Fleurieu 2016 & 18; Whyalla Art Prize 2015;
Victor Zhang Portrait Prize 2015, Kennedy Portrait Prize 2017 and
Semi-Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2017 with 2 portraits.