Philip Drummond Artist – Up Close & Personal

Phil Drummond Studio Shot

As a teenager in suburban Australia in the 1970’s Philip Drummond struggled to see a place for himself in the narrow life choices that were on offer. Rejecting school and the path to a white collar job he left home worked, travelled and mixed in creative circles.

Supporting himself as a house painter Philip Drummond worked on developing his realist paintings working his way up to gallery shows and the solid position he now holds as a respected painter of still life works. With a distinctive dark palette and use of native flora Drummond’s works are classical and timeless.

Enjoy Getting to Know ….. Philip Drummond

When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realize that you had talent?

I am a self taught artist, and was always drawing and painting from a young age. I travelled through India at 22 doing water colours which was my first time painting a continuous series of work.

What inspires you most?

I have always been interested in the natural world and painting still life lets me explore subjects and compositions as if on a small stage, being particularly interested in light.

Describe your studio…

My studio is in the town of Cessnock in the Hunter valley NSW. It consists of two 100 yr old buildings, one was a general store/co-op and the other a butchers. We renovated them back in 2010 from a derelict state into two magnificent studios with soaring ceilings and lots of natural light surrounding a central garden.

Describe your typical day of creating art…

I am constantly working on one or more paintings at any one time. Working in oils means the paintings need time to dry and I need time to contemplate the compositions making adjustments as I see fit.

What messages are you sending to the viewer of your art?

I want my work to be finely crafted and well resolved paintings that resonate with the viewer and connect them with the simple beauty I am trying to interpret.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am working on an exhibition for Sydney which will consist of lush tropical inspired work mixed with some robust images of Australian native flora.

What do you love most about what you do?

I have been painting professionally for over 20 years and continue to love starting a new work and the challenges involved in getting something “just right”.

Where can you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself continuing to produce paintings for the rest of my life.

Artist Statement

New South Wales Artist Philip Drummond is a contemporary still life painter who’s interest in art has been with him his whole life. Whilst juggling paying jobs in the 80’s Philip spent his spare time painting, drawing and creating with passion. A self taught artist, Philip Drummond started exhibiting in the early 1990’s after a journey of self learning and discovery in his artistic field. His realist still life paintings infuse a quiet, reflective quality with simple compositions and subject matter, creating naturalism in his paintings that he is well recognised for.

Artist Statement

  • Born Melbourne 1960
  • Lives and works in the Hunter Valley NSW Australia
  • Self taught painter

“My work is more than just art imitating nature, I have tried to infuse a quiet, reflective quality into my paintings with simple compositions and humble subject matter. The challenge being to create naturalism without the work becoming too laboured. I work directly from the model, seeing and painting being an intrinsic part of the process. Capturing my subject within the intimacy of the studio before it wilts and dies, reinforcing the permanency of art over the mortal world. In an uncertain world obsessed with technological advancement there is something reassuring about following traditions and exploring the simplicity of natural forms.” Philip Drummond

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1992  Tap Gallery, Sydney
  • 1993  Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
  • 1994-2004
    • Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
    • Gallery 460, Gosford
    • Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
    • Smithy Gallery, Sydney
  • 2007  Harrison Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2008  Smithy Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2009  Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Sydney
  • 2010  Fairview Artspace, Mudgee NSW
  • 2011  Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
  • 2013  Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
  • 2014  Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
  • 2015  Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
  • 2016
    • Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
    • “Life Stills” Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, NSW
    • Gallows Gallery, Perth

Group Exhibitions

  • 2004  Flora Nova Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2005  Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2007  Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2009  Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla Regional Art Gallery, SA
  • 2010  Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2011
    • Muswellbrook Art Prize, Musswellbrook, NSW
    • Fleurieu Art Prize, SA
  • 2012  Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2015  Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook, NSW
  • 2015  Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2015  Whyalla Art Prize, Whyall SA


  • 2005  Gosford Art Prize
  • 2007  Gosford Art Prize

Shop Philip Drummond Artworks

Philip Drummond Artworks Sold at JahRoc Galleries

Philip Drummond Mandarins With Banksias Oil Painting
Mandarins With Banksias
oil on canvas
120cm x 90cm
Bowl Of Oranges
oil on canvas
90cm x 70cm 
Philip Drummond Native Flowers With Pears Painting
Native Flowers With Pears
oil on canvas
90cm x 120cm
Philip Drummond Eucalyptus With Apples Oil Painting
Eucalyptus With Apples
oil on canvas
120cm x 90cm
Philip Drummond Eucalyptus Youngiana With Lemons Painting
Eucalyptus Youngiana With Lemons
oil on canvas
90cm x 120cm
Philip Drummond Banksia And Pears Painting
Banksia And Pears
oil on canvas
120.5cm x 90.5cm
Philip Drummond Native Flowers With Pears And Pomegrantes Painting
Native Flowers With Pears And Pomegranate
oil on canvas
120cm x 90cm
Philip Drummond Figs And Grapes Stilllife Painting
Figs And Grapes
oil on canvas
30cm x 20cm
Philip Drummond Golden Peaches Stilllife Painting
Golden Peaches
oil on canvas
40cm x 30cm
Philip Drummond Magnolias Stilllife Painting
oil on canvas
75cm x 60cm
Philip Drummond Rose With Silver Stilllife Painting
Rose With Silver
oil on canvas
30cm x 20cm
Bowl Of Lemons
oil on canvas
90cm x 70cm
Bowl Of Figs 1
oil on canvas
51cm x 51cm
Philip Drummond Flannel Flowers Oil Painting
Flannel Flowers
oil on canvas
64cm x 79.5cm
Philip Drummond Banksia Cherries Oil Painting
Banksia & Cherries
oil on canvas
73cm x 93cm

Philip Drummond Interview

Learn about Philip Drummond’s journey as a self taught artist in this interesting 3 part video interview created by Studio Crasher.