At 15 years old Philip began his studies at Coventry School of Art from 1959 – 64 and later attended the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London for 2 years of postgraduate study in Fine Art, completing his studies in 1966.
After graduation Philip became a Technician in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art. In 1968 he became a Visiting Lecturer at Maidstone School of Art & Design and at the old Hornsey School of Art so beginning his long career as tutor and professional artist. After four decades teaching as a part-time lecturer in many of the country’s top art schools Philip retired from UWIC, Cardiff in 2010 and now concentrates entirely on his artwork.
Philip’s practice explores the relationship between visual ideas and the colourful materials used to express them, including; paintings in various media, gilding, textiles and feltmaking, glass processes, ceramics, digital imaging and more recently, 3-D Printing.
There are strong links with the built environment through imagery and visual language. His recent work has its design origins in Indian ritualistic Kolam drawing, traditionally drawn daily in the threshold of the home. He has also created ‘site-specific’ large scale public artworks in King’s Cross, London and Glasgow, Scotland.