Our Gallery is now open under recommended Covid-19 guidelines. Click here to read more.

Philip David

Philip has always sketched on paper and has over 30,000 works on paper but a “pram in the hallway” kept him away from pursuing his passion for art full-time until 2014 when he made a decision to leave his job to become an artist. Since then he has concentrated on portraits of artists he admires and experimented with ways of portraying people’s lives, their character and personality. Each artist he paints he does between 7 to 15 portraits of each person. He rarely does commissions because he refuses to pander to the sitter’s vanity as is usually required.

Philip portraits are colourful, vibrant, gritty, no frills and sometimes a non-pretty rendition of the human form. He doesn’t believe that a painting should be a reproduction of the splendid world that is at everybody’s fingertips that can be captured easily by photography with all its enhancements and ability to morph the image.

Philip goes through stages of Realism, Expressionism and Abstraction. He loves to paint in oils and often uses mixed media. Philip feels that a painting should make you (the viewer) think & feel an emotional response as well server the purpose of decorating the wall space.

Philip is a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and has achieved many awards and has been a finalist in many Art Prizes including:

  • Percival Portrait Prize 2020, 2018 and 2016
  • Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
  • SBS Portrait Prize 2020
  • Lester Portrait Prize Salon de Refuses 2020
  • Brisbane Portrait Prize Salon de Refuses 2020
  • Kennedy Beauty Prize 2019 and 201717
  • Hornsby Art Prize 2017
  • Black Swan Portrait Prize 2014
  • Gallipoli Art Prize 2010
  • Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2016
  • Who is Looking at Me 2017
  • ANL Maritime Art Prize 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Solar Art Prize 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Characters of the Fleurieu 2020, 2018 and 2016
  • Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize 2017
  • Whyalla Art Prize 2015
  • RSASA Victor Zhang Portrait Prize 2015
  • RSASA Kennedy Portrait Prize 2019 and 2017
  • Semi-finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2019 and in 2017 with 2 portraits.