Phil lives and works in York, where he runs a successful studio that gives him space to teach private classes.
He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 1997 and since then has pursued his career as an artist. He has been exhibiting his work in contemporary galleries throughout the North of England as well as London and Bristol affordable art fairs.
His work explores the ground between abstraction and figuration where forms emerge from a fluid use of acrylic paint. His work is both instinctive and keenly observed bringing together raw marks with more mediated responses.
“My paintings are formed through visual, physical and emotional encounters with landscape. The content of the painting process is fuelled by a drive to celebrate this engagement.
I want to go somewhere and represent something that a mechanical device (still or video camera) cannot and open that place up to more human sensations.
I am happiest when drawing or painting in the landscape, though the studio is an arena that allows me to pursue more contemplative work.
My landscape paintings are a response to the awe experienced within a vast outdoor space. Painting outdoors enriches that connection and helps maintain an energy required to do it justice. You become part of that landscape and not simply a tourist within it.”