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Philip Leevers

 Philip Leevers is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, painting school.

After teaching art for several years, he worked as a ceramist, selling through Casson Gallery, Cecilia Colman Gallery, and Liberty’s in London. He specialised in large decorative plates that depicted landscapes, often drawing straight onto the plates in the open air.

Returning to paint in oils, his work was shown at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions and at the Blackheath Gallery in London.

In 2003 he moved to Dorset, later settling at his current studio at Bull Mill on the River Wylye. Over the past few years he has exhibited regularly at group shows in Dorset, and had a solo exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre in August 2014.

Fine art

Artist’s statement

About the artist, Woodland landscapes

Woodland landscapes – particularly those surrounding my riverside studio in Wiltshire –  provide the starting point for recent work.

I begin with photographs and oil sketches, returning to the same view over a long period.
I then begin to make a collage of colours and details, rather like a two dimensional version of a “nature table”. My aim is to capture the total experience of a woodland walk, rather than just a visual record.
An important part of this process is for me to walk through the woodland and attend to the way that memory, dreams and enduring symbols often break into the presence of nature.
I work in oils, acrylic and oil pastels, on cold press paper, often mounted on canvas or board.