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Philip Lyons


Philip has lived in Cornwall since 1989, where he paints places and objects that he has come to know well. There are places near to his home to which he frequently returns, viewing them from different perspectives and at different times of the year and day. These landscape are marked with human activity: housing; mining; farming.

In his still life paintings, Philip enjoys painting familiar objects such as bowls and books. Objects that catch his eyes as the sun moves around his house. The paintings extrude a sense of stillness and calm, achieved from working repeatedly on the surface of these work, rubbing back and removing paint before adding more layers to reveal unexpected colours and shapes which often take the painting in a new direction.

These paintings often start with a grid structure, the evidence of which can sometimes be seen in the final version. Structures such as window frames, shelves, and buildings are used to contain his compositions.

'The balance between the abstract and the figurative is an important theme for me. Finding the abstract in the everyday enables me to continually view those well known objects in a fresh way .'

1974 -5 Foundation Course, Torquay, Devon
1975 - 8 Fine Art, Bristol College of Art and Design
1987- 9 Art Psychotherapy Post Grad Training, Goldsmiths
1989 - 2013 Art Therapist whilst Painting and Exhibiting
2013 - current Full Time Artist

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall
Falmouth Art Gallery
Devon County Council Art Collection
Palace of Westminster, London

Beside the Wave, Falmouth
CCA Bath, Oxford, London
Falmouth Art Gallery
Royal Cornwall Museum
Veryan Galleries