Artist Biography - Philip Gerrard

Artistic talent ran in Philips family, though he was the first to develop his interest and skills professionally, pursing a career as an artist.
Although he cannot recall the exact age that he started to draw and paint, he remembers he was very young and remembers asking for sets of paints as birthday presents. At school, he frequently came top in art demonstrating talent fr
...om a very early age.
He strived believing that one day he would achieve the status of a professional artist. When Philip left school, he worked at an estate agency, developing his commercial skills; this also helped him in the art world.
He continued to paint in every spare moment practicing and perfecting, until after many years his first major breakthrough came when he began to paint still life and this enabled his turn to a full time professional in 1996. Since turning professional, Philip has developed an extensive portfolio including many artistic genres including landscapes, animals, wildlife etc. Throughout the following years, he has accepted several awards and continues to have work shown in established exhibition by leading art organisations.

Philip's realism paintings demonstrate timeless quality and appeal. They are not minimalist nor are they over composed. He prefer a fusion of classical and contemporary influences. This has been achieved by lengthy research and the study of methods used over the centuries as well as the most cutting edge. For example, he uses the ancient Euclidean compositional rules. However his palette and colour mixing excludes the use of traditional earth pigments, preferring the modern method using only spectral pigments. This creates order in the composition and great light and luminosity in the subject.

"I also attach great significance to the demonstration of the skills appreciated by the discerning collector. My paintings are detailed and realistic but never overworked. Elements which detract from the viewers experience are excluded or reduced and aspects which require increased significance are exaggerated. This is all part of my style and has been developed over many years."

Most artists ally themselves to a particular group of like-minded painters, and Philip likes to think he belong to the "Classical Realism" movement. This school places great emphasis on the development of true artistic skill and the creation of paintings of great beauty.
Since becoming a professional artist, Philip has had great success and his work hangs in private collections in the UK, USA and Australia. His classical work is sold in many galleries and art fairs around the UK, making him a highly collectable artist.
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