PHILIP EDWARDS is a graduate of Edinburgh University and College of Art with an MA (Hons) Fine Art (with Distinction in the History of Art). He also studied at Florence Academy of Art, where he spent two separate overseas study periods. HIs university dissertation was on the restoration of oil paintings, which led from studying old master drawing and painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art.
He has exhibited in a number of galleries in Scotland and in New York and London. He has won various awards and was a semi finalist in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016.
Phil Edwards is a keen hillwalker and climber and his current work is greatly inspired by climbing and hiking in the Scottish highlands.
I am fiercely proud of Scotland’s natural beauty, and love the feeling one gets at the summit of a Munro — that sense of a personal connection to, and almost an ownership of, the land itself. Light is probably the most important thing in my work — its play and its transient nature, especially in the highlands.
As a born-again Christian, I am invariably struck by the realisation of how small a human being is, when faced with the vastness of God’s creation. While this is definitely felt in severe and rapidly changing weather conditions, like a white-out blizzard or an autumn storm, it is sometimes in the quiet and restful landscape that it is felt most acutely.