“My paintings are intentionally spare and dispassionate. They are a study in reduction: in economy of line, confined design, select chords of colour and minimized depth of field. My desire is to produce an artwork that is beautiful for its singleness of purity and purpose: the elegance of simplicity. I choose subjects whose form or function lends itself to the discovery of some intrinsic beauty; a beauty that becomes intriguing once the inherent grace of its form has been recognized and captured.” – Philip Mix
Philip was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1955. He was awarded a bursary to attend on-going art classes at the Edmonton Art Gallery from the age of eleven and received instruction from Ron Kostyniuk in 1970. His formal art education came from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary and he received his Bachelor of Arts in painting in 1980. He studied under the direction of instructors Ron Moppett, Katie Von der Ohe, Jim Ulrich and Don Kottman. The following year he gave his first one man show at the Muttart Gallery, Calgary. The Canada Council Art Bank purchased a painting and he was represented by Virginia Christopher Gallery. In 1982 he studied photography with Arthur Nishimura at the University of Calgary. At the same time he apprenticed in art conservation at Monro Restorations, Calgary. In 1984 he attended summer session at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He continued his training as art conservator at Museum Services, San José, California.
In 1986 he returned to Canada and started a conservation studio Fine Art Restoration in Victoria, BC. He became a member of the Pacific Conservation Group, and Canadian Conservation Associates. His major contributions in art conservation include St. Ann’s Academy, the collection of Michael C. Williams bequest to Maltwood Art Museum, Ted Harrison wall murals University of Victoria, the restoration of the drawing room ceiling of Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria (1995-2007) and the paintings of Fredrick Varley, Lawren S. Harris, J.E.H MacDonald, and Emily Carr for the Victoria Art Gallery. In 1992, Philip took a hiatus to travel to Germany with a 15th century painting he had restored, delivering it to the Landesmuseum, Muenster. From there he continued to France and painted for six months the environs of Languedoc, Narbonne. He then went to Israel and established Gallery Gallill in Nahariya, then on to Cyprus, where he set up studio near Paphos and guest lectured at the Cyprus College of Art in Lemba. The collective paintings from this period were shown by Cadogan Gallery in London, England. He returned to Vancouver Island and eventually designed and built an in-home art studio in Chemainus, BC. Philip enjoys continued success with his developing style and is presently represented by several British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario galleries.
My artistic muse has taken me on many side routes, some more viable than others. For the past seventeen years Heather has always been there to do coffee and gently nudge my spontaneity into practical avenues; it’s the kind of support few artists ever experience with a gallery and frankly, I wonder where I would be without the patient encouragement. The Avenue is an amazing success story because its backstory is about linking the artist to their community, and caring deeply for both. – Philip Mix