Although I work within a long tradition of landscape painting, my depiction of the ‘seen’ landscape is simply a vehicle through which I navigate territory of another nature. A landscape less ordinary; where the line between the physical and the spiritual realm has seemingly been removed. However, these scenarios are not intended to be of a surreal nature. Hopefully they will seem curiously familiar and convincingly real.

The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.

Philip currently lives and paints in Riebeek Kasteel, near Cape Town. He is married and has two children and two dogs.


Born 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

1974 - 1986

Rhodes Estate Prep School, Matopes, Zimbabwe
St Andrews College, Grahamstown, South Africa

1987 - 1990

Diploma in Graphic Fine Art (Printing, Stained Glass and Photography) from Port Elizabeth Technikon (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

1991 - 1994

Travels Europe while developing his talent. Produces approximately 500 portaits in pastel and charcoal, painted 8 murals and completes around 200 watercolour / pen and ink drawings.

1995 - 2001

Executes murals and ceiling paintings in various homes and corporate spaces.
Years distinguished by extensive exploration of other creative aspects of painting.

2002

A new style in his work sees abstraction taking the focus, an offshoot of previous discoveries.
Teaches foundational drawing skills to adults.

2003

This Thing of Light - first solo exhibition at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town

2004

Identity - group exhibition of South African artists Fortis Circustheater, Scheveningen, Holland
Glow - solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2005

Solo exhibition at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town

2006

De Light - solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

2008

Vapor - solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg
Luminosity - solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town

2009

Boréal Publishers use “Passing” for a book cover by Dany Laferrière, L`Enigme du Retour.
Art That Inspires - 10-20 Anniversary - group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Group exhibition at Hespe Gallery, San Franciso, USA.

2010

Light Train - solo exhibition at Obert Contemproary, Johannesburg.

2011

Persona - group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Group exhibition at Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
The Homestead Charity Art Auction at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
Boréal Publishers print a second ‘compact’ version of the Dany Laferrière novel, L`Enigme du Retour.

2012

-scape - group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.

2013

Allusions of Abstraction - group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.
the colour of light - solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town.

2014

Summer Salon Show - group exhibition at Rarity Gallery, Mykonos Greece.
Winter Exhibition - group exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town.

2015

Summer Show - group exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town.
the anatomy of colour - first solo (sell out) exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town.

Collections

Bowman Gilfillan, Johannesburg
Nandos, London