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Philip Gerrard

It is difficult to recall my age exactly when my interest in fine art first appeared. I know I was very young and had always enjoyed drawing and painting. At school I frequently came top in Art demonstrating talent from a very early age. My ambition was that one day I would become a professional artist. Although a career painting was not encouraged and I put by my dream and went into surveying and estate agency. I continued to paint in every spare moment practising and perfecting until after many years my first major breakthrough came when I began to paint still life. My very limited spare time meant that this was an ideal genre since the subjects were immediately available. An aunt had died recently and left me some ornaments, which I painted in a composition with fruit, they were an immediate success and demand grew rapidly. I began to collect suitable subject matter including claret jugs, pewter, etc. I decided not to use antiques preferring classical contemporary pieces, enabling me to follow the great tradition of the genre. My approach is to paint a representational image of the highest quality, and in great detail. Still life subjects frequently include fruit, lobster, flowers, glass, pewter and other fine objects. I have since extended my portfolio into other subjects painted in both oil and watercolour.

In February 1996 my ambition was realised when ages 36 I left my career and turned professional. In April 1998 the Lancashire Life Magazine published a four-page feature describing my story. A feature was also published in International Artist Magazine February/March 2000 edition in the ‘Master Painters of the World Showcase”. In 2004 one of my still life paintings was selected as a finalist in the “Daily Mail Not The Turner Prize” competition.

My paintings are in private collections in the UK, USA and Australia.

1998 (April) Lancashire Life published a Four Page Feature.

2000 (February) International Artist magazine feature in the “Master painters of the World Showcase”.

2004 Daily Mail Not The Turner Prize-“Short listed”.

2006 National Exhibition Wildlife Art.

2006 “Wildart Expo” Bonhams Chester - awarded a “Commended” and a “Highly Commended”.

2006 The Wildlife Art Society International.

2007 National Exhibition Wildlife Art.

2007 The Wildlife Art Society International-Bronze Medal Winner.

2007 Royal West Of England Academy

2007 Royal Birmingham Society Of Artists

2009 Grosvenor Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester

2009 National Exhibition Wildlife Art.

2010 Commissioned By St Helens RLFC
. At the end of the 2010 season and after 120 years at Knowsley Road "Saints" played their last game at their historic ground and are now preparing to build a brand new stadium. As a tribute and to provide a lasting memory I was commissioned by the club to paint a portrait of the Knowsley Road ground which will be reproduced as fine art prints for fans and supporters of "Saints".

2011 National Exhibition Wildlife Art.

2011 INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF REALISM. In October 2011 I was elected a member of the prestigious International Guild Of Realism which promotes the "advancement of realism in fine art".

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Scratching Around

Original Oil

Size: 255 x 305mm

Price: SOLD

Still Life with a Brass Fruit Stand and Fruit

Original Oil

Size: 408 x 355mm

Price: SOLD

Still Life with a Claret Jug and a Bowl of Fruit

Original Oil

Size: 457 x 558mm

Price: SOLD

A Backwater Canal, Venice

Original Oil

Size: 300 x 250mm

Price: SOLD

Venician Scene

Original Oil

Size: 300 x 250mm

Price: SOLD





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