About

Phil is a contemporary realist artist living in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains of Australia, specialising in figurative works, portraits, and still-life. His preferred method of working is primarily from life under natural light. Phil worked in Information Technology as a software developer before taking up studies of classical drawing and painting techniques.

Phil has studied at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, where he received the SMSA Scholarship in 2018 and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts in 2019 as well as intensive workshops at the Florence Academy of Art studying classical drawing and painting techniques.

Influences include: Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Dutch Golden Age, Sargent, Anders Zorn, Velazquez, Ilya Repin, Tom Roberts and Robert Hannaford.

Phil is available for commissions and workshops.

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Artist Statement

I didn’t start drawing as a child, it came much later after a dinner party discussion about whether being an artist requires being born with talent or if it can be learnt – I took the latter position and was then immediately challenged to prove it. I am still trying, and in the process I have become fascinated by the magic of drawing and painting, especially of people and still life arrangements under natural light.

I have always had a fascination with technique and process, and this has transferred to my art practice with a deep interest in the classical techniques of the study and application of the skills of drawing and painting. Travel to Europe and studying at the Florence Academy of Art and at Australia’s famous Julian Ashton Art School have given me some of these foundation skills to build on with each new work.

Each work is an expression of my desire to eat the fruit, pickup an object to contemplate it’s history and future, or to be fascinated with the person in a portrait.

CV

Selected exhibitions

2020
Finalist Waverly Art Prize
Finalist Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award
Finalist Percival Portrait Painting Prize

2019

Julian Ashton Art School Teachers and Students Exhibition
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Highly Commended (Portrait) – Blackheath Art Show

2018

Awarded Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Scholarship for full time study at the Julian Ashton Art School
Julian Ashton Art School Teachers and Students Exhibition
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Highly Commended (Still Life) – Blackheath Art Show

2017

Henry Gibbons Life Drawing Award at the Julian Ashtons Art School Teachers and Students exhibition
Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize
Highly Commended (Portrait) at the Blackheath Art Show
Awarded Best Portrait – Springwood Art Show

Workshops held

Workshop on classical figure drawing techniques – Blackheath

Education

Julian Ashton Art School – Diploma of Fine Art 2019
Florence Academy of Art – Intensive Workshops – 2017