PHILIP JOHN DAVIES
Born in Newport, Wales (1980), lives in Rhymney, Caerphilly and studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Llandaff, Cardiff.
The thin line between imagination and reality is where my artwork emerges drawing on myth, symbolism, surrealism as sources of inspiration. I am deeply interested in the unnatural, the strange and mysterious. This interest has instilled in me a sense to explore and represent the enigmatic in my work. I have always had an unnerving sense that hovering on the edge of perception, there is perhaps another world close to the material and the immaterial world of strange coincidences, lucid dreams, paranormal experiences and uncanny instance.
My artwork is how I converse with these experiences, art has become my own way to comprehend the unusual through creating a personal language and symbolism that interacts with my deepest inner thoughts. The sense of what lies beyond these instances and why they have a particular resonance in regards to the unconscious/subconscious is a subject that I am deeply drawn to and has instilled in me the a sense to explore what lies behind feelings.
Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw, Fine Art (A-Level)
U.S.W. Merthyr College, Merthyr Tydfil, Foundation Degree (Art Practice)
Cardiff School of Art and Design, Llandaff, Fine Art (B.A.Hons)
Merthyr Rising, The Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil, 2017
Summer Show, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2018
Myriad, Arcade/Campfa, Cardiff, 2018
Artifex, M.A.D.E. Gallery, Cardiff, 2019
Resonance, Arcade/Campfa, Cardiff, 2019