Born in 1947, Philip studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1960s. However, due to his fathers untimely death, he had to postpone his career in art and left art school to enter the business world where he stayed for the next 30 years. For 20 of those years, he was the well known proprietor of The Inn on the Green, a celebrated jazz restaurant, in Glasgow. During this time, he maintained his contact with the world of art however, by running a schedule of art exhibitions and openings within the venue. Upon leaving the restaurant in the 1990s, Philip returned to his easel and brushes and since then has become a successful full time artist with broad appeal. He now lives and works from his studio just outside Glasgow.
Philips unique style is instantly recognisable combining a heavy impasto application of the paint alongside more delicate and sensitive brush strokes. Focussing mainly on landscape painting, his inspiration comes from the islands of the west coast of Scotland with Barra, Islay, Jura and Arran being some of his favourite locations. He deftly captures the essence and light of the landscapes through his work the rugged shorelines, dramatic seascapes and ever changing skies.
"I tend to paint very private places for the viewer to own and enjoy. No people, no houses, no telegraph poles; just expansive skies, mist tumbling on a distant hillside and a silence broken only by lapping water and gulls ascending".
The Strathearn Gallery | 32 West High Street | Crieff | Perthshire | PH7 4DL