Phil studied Art and Design at Newcastle School of Art and The North Staffordshire Polytechnic culminating in a Masters Degree in Ceramic Design. He has been an inhouse designer for both Josiah Wedgwood, William Adams and The Moorcroft Pottery with a long intervening periods working freelance.
He now draws and paints full time and works by commission for many creative companies and individual clients from his Staffordshire studio.
Although distinguished for his work as a Ceramic designer, drawing and painting have always been at the heart of his work. He paints using watercolours on some of the roughest rag papers available. His subject matter is varied from mountain landscape and wildlife through to botanical studies.
Phil Gibson is well known in the climbing world for his drawings and paintings of mountain cliffs and outcrops. A native of Stoke, Staffordshire shaped not only Phil’s artistic direction but also his climbing. He has climbed in many parts of the world: Yosemite, Colorado, the Dolomites, the Alps and many parts of the British Isles. He has held several exhibitions throughout England of his mountain work, including exhibits at the Royal Academy. He received an important commission in 2009 to produce a work to celebrate what is believed to be the first climbing guidebook produced in 1909 to the Welsh mountain cliff Lliwedd, to mark the Guidebook Centenary of The Climbers’ Club.
In 2011 the British Mountaineering Council commissioned Phil to produce an artwork of Craig Bwlch y Moch, a nationally important climbing crag in North Wales, which is owned by the BMC. A limited edition of 100 prints were taken from the original, signed by Joe Brown and other notable climbers and sold to raise funds for the BMC Access and Conservation Trust. The BMC also uses Phil’s work as awards for the prestigious ‘George Band Award for substantial voluntary contribution to mountaineering which was established in 2010.
More recently Phil has exhibited a much larger collection of mountain landscape paintings and drawings at The Alpine Club in London and at Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey.
He has recently been included in the book ‘The Artists of the Alpine Club’, an intriguing biographical dictionary of the most important mountain artists from all over the world.
Last year Phil was awarded with prestigious The Arthur Berry Trust Prize for his painting of Ptarmigan, Lochnagar at The Keele University Three Counties Open Art Exhibition. Arthur Berry was a well-known local artist who taught at The Burslem School of Art and the RCA. He was also a poet and playright.
Phil’s preferred medium is working sometimes direct, with traditional pen and black ink on a white drawing board in front of the cliff – a brutal and uncompromising medium. Depending on locale he is very much concerned in his work with balance and design, with attention to form, textures and surfaces. He enjoys the natural world, capturing its atmosphere and its severity, which he knows well from his mountain experiences.
Tel: 01782 625250