Philip David commenced painting as a full-time artist in 2014, prior to that he was an occasional weekend artist.

Philip is a portrait artist who enjoys the creative puzzle of exploring and testing his imagination and his abilities and he finds it rewarding and he can see his style evolving.

Philip doesn’t believe painting should be a reproduction of the splendid world that is at our fingertips that can be captured easily by photography with all its enhancements and ability to morph the image. He delights in the first stab with a brush and he believe painting should capture the heart of the human condition.

Philip has an urge to create, draw, paint and sketch every day. He is fascinated by faces. He loves seeing colour, eyes and skin folds. He likes portraits and peopled paintings. He loves the beauty of shapes, blends of shapes, shades and colour of faces. He loves oils and mixed media and he goes through stages of Realism, Expressionism and Abstraction.

Prizes & Awards
2021 Finalist in Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize – Bin Day Stark Winter During Covid19 Time, Acrylic on Board
2021 Finalist in Kennedy Portrait Prize – Filippa Buttitta, Oil on Canvas and Josh Baldwin, Oil on Board
2021 Finalist in Solar Art Prize – Portrait of Ron Selth, Oil on Board
2020 Finalist in Brisbane Portrait Prize Salon de Refuses – Rebecca, Oil on Board
2020 Finalist in Lester Portrait Prize Salon de Refuses – Josh Baldwin passionate percussionist and artist, Oil on Board
2020 Finalist in Percival Portrait Prize – Guy Morgan thinks a lot, Oil on Canvas
2020 Finalist in Percival Photographic Portrait Prize – Puberty, Metallic Print
2020 Finalist in SBS Portrait Prize – Dan Withey, Oil on Canvas
2019 Semi-Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize – Nicholas a budding artist, Oil on Canvas
2019 Finalist in Kennedy Beauty Prize, Youth is Beauty #2, Oil on Canvas
2019 Finalist in Kennedy Portrait Prize, Dan Withey and his Make Believe Friends, Oil on Board
2019 Finalist in RSASA Kennedy Portrait Prize, David Braun Reflects on Life, Oil on Canvas
2019 Finalist in RSASA Kennedy Portrait Prize, Jasmine Crisp, Oil on Board
2019 Finalist in Solar Art Prize – Death of the Bunyip, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2018 Finalist in ANL Art Prize – Flinders thought he was the first to discover Australia, Acrylic on Board
2018 Finalist in Solar Art Prize – A Town! Once was here! Drought! & Winter on the road to somewhere – both Oil on Board
2018 Finalist in Characters of Fleurieu Portrait Prize – Chester Osborn - Oil on Board & Bedazzled3 – Oil on Canvas
2018 Finalist in Percival Portrait Prize – Jungle Phillips – Oil on Canvas
2017 Finalist in Hornsby Art Prize – Jungle Phillips, Outsider Artist, A Million Miles Away for a Moment — Oil on Canvas
2017 Finalist in Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize – Winter, Tregarthen Road, Summertown – Oil on Board
2017 Finalist in Solar Art Prize - The Physical Impossibility of the Death of the Fossil Fuel Powered Vehicle in the mind of someone living now–Acrylic on Canvas
2017 Finalist in Solar Art Prize - The Environmental Activist, Warren: One of many unknown Crusaders, Oil on Recycled Card
2017 Semi -Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize – Cheryl Makes Her Own Clothes – Oil on Board
2017 Semi -Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize – Driller Jet Armstrong, Daubist – Oil on Canvas
2017 Finalist in ANL Maritime Art Prize – The Clock Ticks – Oil on Board
2017 Finalist in Kennedy Beauty Prize – Girl at the Bar, Homage to Manet – Oil on Board
2017 Finalist in Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize – Demoiselles Adelaide – Oil on Canvas plus Mixed Media
2017 Finalist in RSASA Kennedy Portrait Prize – Portrait of Jungle Phillips – Oil on Canvas
2017 Finalist in RSASA Kennedy Portrait Prize – Portrait of Cheryl Bridgart – Oil on Board
2017 Finalist in Who is Looking at Me – Cambridge Studio Gallery – Self Portrait – Oil on Board
2016 Finalist in Solar Art Prize – Craig Wilkins – Oil on Canvas
2016 Finalist in ANL Maritime Art Prize – 1900’s Coastal Trader Passes Phillip Island – Oil on Paper
2016 Award of Excellence - RSASA
2016 Finalist in Pt Pirie Art Prize
2016 Finalist Percival Portrait Prize – Australia’s Foremost Living Composer - Ross Edwards – Oil on Canvas
2016 Finalist Characters of Fleurieu Painting Prize – 2 Portraits Chester Osborn & his father D’arry Osborn (d’Arenberg Wines)
2016 Finalist in Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize 2016 – Myself, A Master – Imagine! – 18 detailed sketches mounted on board
2015 Finalist in ANL Maritime Art Prize – Sailing Vessels Moored in Newcastle Late 1800’s – Oil on Paper
2015 Finalist in Whyalla Art Prize – Ross Edwards, Australian Composer – Oil on Canvas
2015 Finalist in Victor Zhang Portrait Prize – RSASA – Todd – Acrylic on Canvas
2015 Tugs of War – RSASA – Awarded 2 Merits
2015 Finalist in Solar Art Prize – Coorong Mouth – Natural Wonder – Mixed Media on Canvas
2014 Finalist in Black Swan Portrait Prize - Leigh Warren - Oil on Board
2014 Finalist in Pt Pirie Art Prize
2014 Winter Dreams SALA Exhibition - RSASA - Leigh Warren's Winter of Glass - Oil on Board - Merit
2010 Finalist in Gallipoli Art Prize - The Letter Home - Acrylic/Paper/Linoleum/Photo/Bronze/Canvas

Memberships & Associations
Fellow – RSASA & Member of The Artist Voice
Teaching – Portrait Classes
2017 RSASA Summer School
2016, 2017 & 2020 Burnside Painting Group
Judging
2018 Still Life Burra Regional Gallery
2018 & 19 Adelaide Hills Art Society 

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