On exhibit at the Fried Family Gallery-DTWN, located in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street.
There will be an artist reception at 5 pm on Friday, August 25.
Philip was born and raised in Seattle, and studied both fine arts and theatre arts at the University of Washington. In 1965, he decided to pursue studies in film production at San Francisco State University and received a BA degree in Film Production in 1968. In 1970, he traveled to England for technical training at the London Film School. Upon completion of his studies there, he moved to Montreal where he immersed himself in the francophone culture of Quebec and worked for the next 25 years in the film and television industry there. During that period he pursued his interest in studio arts as a painter, had a number of exhibitions and ultimately earned a MFA degree at L’Université de Québec à Montréal.
In 1989, Phil took a hiatus from painting in order to make a documentary film examining the complex psychological relationships between humans and animals. Supported by Grants from the Canada Council and the National Film Board of Canada, Animal Connections was completed in 1995 and won several awards at international film festivals. While gratified by the challenges of film-making, the need to return to the daily practice of making art brought him back to the studio. Having married a Vermont woman, in 1992, Phil made the move from Montreal to Vermont and resumed his life as an artist. Since then his work has included primarily assemblages of wood scraps and found objects, while his photography has focused on his immediate natural environment which is in the hills of Vermont.