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.
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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.