Phillip Edwards

P h i l l i p   E d w a r d s

Place of Rest

I’ve been creating since I was a teen, my passion encompassing oil painting, sculpture and now a deep focus on watercolour. Being raised in regional Victoria I’ve always been drawn to open wild spaces, as I spent many of my formative years camping and fishing on forested rivers. In 2017, I took up watercolour, as paper has a delicious silkiness and the media offered a far more technically challenging process. It was watercolour that gave me permission to explore expressive landscape whereas my previous practice encompassed conceptual installations, sculptures, oil painting and stencil works. So, it was quite a transition. Over the past 6 years, my paintings have explored quiet and wild places like Mt Buffalo in central Victoria and the Western Arthur Range in southern Tasmania.

The primary focus of my work is the landscape both in Australia and Europe, particularly France, which I regard as a second home. I respond to the differences of light, shade and colour giving distinction to various places. Added compositional factors create an alignment with abstract qualities that interest me. I work with various media and particularly enjoy finely observed pencil drawings, studio oils and works that utilise watercolour to most effectively capture the mood I wish to express.

Phillip Edwards studied Fine Art, majoring in painting, at Victorian College of the Arts in the early 1990’s. Completing his education qualifications in 1996, he worked as a senior secondary teacher of art and furniture design. Leaving education in 2012, he ran a small business and continued to create and exhibit in Melbourne. Having relocated to Daylesford in 2017, Edwards now dedicates his time to painting and sculpture. In 2019, he opened Bullarto Gallery, a self- representing gallery that runs selected group shows and showcases his works.

Edwards was awarded the Trustees Watercolour Prize in 2018, under the aegis of the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and was elected to membership of member of the Australian watercolour Institute in 2019. He has been a finalist in numerous Australian art prizes including the Kennedy, Calleen, Flow and the Lester Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Major public exhibitions include  Consumable Gods, Corunihan Gallery (2007); The Mountains Quiet Heart, Benalla Art Gallery (2020) and Beautifully Broke, Brimbank Council (2022). Phillip Edwards exhibits extensively with Art Atrium, Sydney, and Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Phillip Edwards was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2019.

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