Philip has spent a lot of time living and working in the mountains of the South Island. Philip's interests include skiing, hang gliding and tramping, all of which have influenced his paintings at various times. Philip paints, sketches and photographs his immediate environment in Christchurch as well as the beaches, the city and life painting and drawings.
In addition to his hand-coloured screen-prints, Philip works mainly in oil and acrylic and enjoys working with texture, colour and light, especially with low winter and evening light which create deep shadows and strong highlights
“Capturing the light striking a range of subject matter has always interested me whether it is the landscape, nude or cityscapes. I'm interested in our emotional response to the often fleeting memories we retain of something we have seen and how it affected us. It could be a glare on water or a pose we see for a millisecond as someone moves in everyday life to touch their hair or dry themselves after a swim. I'm also concerned with creating an exciting painting surface with abstract qualities and enjoy painting in warm low evening or winter light to resolve form, colour and light into a warm companion on canvas.”
Philip works in oil, water-colour, dry-point and monotype. His immediate environment is Christchurch, where he lives, with its cityscapes, the Canterbury plains, the Southern Alps and Banks Peninsula - all sources of subject matter and inspiration. Philip regularly travels and paints around New Zealand and has had several trips overseas gathering material from which he has painted.
1959 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand
1997 Merit Award – Malvern Community Art Society
Merit Award – Ashburton Society of Art
1999 Members' Choice Award – COCA Christchurch
2001 Premier Art Award – Ashburton Society of Art
2006 TrustPower Award – Ashburton Society of Art
2012MCAC Friends Award – Malvern Community Art Society