Andrew Phillips



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The Pathless Path

Risen From Chalk

The Northern Wood

Eternal Bloom

The Angel of Death Has Spread its Wings Across the Land

All Sorrow Evaporates


Mixed media drawings incorporating a combination of indian ink, graphite, acrylic, and pastel, form the heart of my practice. The style is a juxtaposition of fine mark making, and a more gestural application of crushed pastel, applied using the fingertips. These contrasting methods point to both the delicate intricacy, and pure physicality of Nature.

Of all Nature’s forms, Mountains especially remind us of our capacity for awe, as they exist between the finite and the eternal — the threshold of the known and unknown. The drawings inhabit this imaginal space, responding to the presence of the physical world, and an inner, more intangible expression of mystery. This is what draws me to the North, in both the geographic sense as a place of invigorating and wild spaces, and spiritually, where North can symbolise a transformative place at the edge of the natural and supernatural. This tendency to North is tempered by longing, and infused with the land which I am of, the South Downs.

I regard felt experiences of landscape to be part of an intuitive conversation with the land as entity - not merely a consequence of our own human projections but a participation mystique. The artwork is, in part, an act of devotion to the body of Earth, a way to engage the Spirit of Place, and distill a tangible essence of the 'skull beneath the skin' of landscape through image.



Society of Scottish Artists + Visual Arts Scotland, OPEN - RSA, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition - RSA, Edinburgh

Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition - RWA, Bristol

Visual Arts Scotland 'Alight' - RSA, Edinburgh

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition - Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

'A Darkening Thread' (Joint show with Kenris MacLeod) - Coburg House, Edinburgh

Garden Room Gallery, - Dartington Hall

'At The Edge Of Your Senses' (solo) - Detail Framing Studio, Edinburgh

'Before We Were Even Dreamed' (Joint show with Rowan Paton Risby) - Whitespace, Edinburgh

Spring Group Show - House for an Art Lover (Cafe gallery), Glasgow

'Knowing Another is Endless' (solo) - Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh

Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition - Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy Open - RSA, Edinburgh

Identity Through Landscape' - House for an Art Lover (Cafe gallery), Glasgow

'Stuffed' - Newave Gallery, Aberdeen

Royal Scottish Academy Open - RSA, Edinburgh

National Open Art exhibition, Moving Image category

'Bells From the Deep' - Hundred Years Gallery, London

'Identity/Memory' – Gallery on the Corner, London