Philip Kilmore
The Artist

A contemporary realist painter, Philip's works are characterised by his assured technique, meticulous attention to detail and choice of subject matter. Through his paintings, Philip celebrates the ordinary, using the landscape and simple everyday subjects as metaphors for our place in the world.

Philip's paintings create a sense of intimacy with the viewer - one can readily imagine oneself in the scene, and it is this ability to enter into Philip's paintings that is so often commented on by viewers. To be engrossed by the sense of being there evokes a feeling of timelessness and tranquility, of the world standing still.

Philip's paintings are generally devoid of people, but have a reference to man, often reflecting on our intervention with the landscape and the precariousness of those endeavours. Another continuing theme in Philip's work is his choice of simple everyday subjects. His works capture the inherent beauty in our everyday environment and reflect an almost spiritual quality in the shape and form of the landscape. "I try to capture the effects of man's subjugation of the land, and the constant struggle to tame the chaos of nature. I hope that people viewing my work can relate to my vision, and gain a new appreciation of their surroundings." Not content to replicate the majestic and obvious, he prefers to celebrate the ordinary by focusing on the variations and subtleties in his subjects, allowing the viewer to become lost in the often overlooked complexities of a familiar object or scene. His abandoned buildings and rusty machinery stand as monuments to previous generations who tamed and nurtured the land. They are relics that are constant reminders of our own recent history.

Although Philip's landscapes are very real, there is a manipulation of the elements within the paintings. "I am always interested in the way we try to shape the landscape to suit our own needs, and in a way I'm doing just that with my paintings - using buildings and landforms as references to create a new perfected landscape .In my work I want to capture a sense of place, but it is not any specific place - viewers can recognize elements of a scene, but cannot pinpoint the exact location. In creating this altered landscape the abstract structures are fundamental to it's success, and I pay particular attention to the composition and form." The fully rendered realism of Philip's work allows him to emphasis the particular and the unique in nature. "I want to pay homage to the complexities of nature and the differences and distinctions between things, and realism allows me to do this."

Philip works in oils from his studio at Whangarei Heads, and is largely self-taught. Important influences have been Andrew Wyeth, Mark Cross, Tomas Sanchez and Jeffrey Smart. His awards include The Montana Wines Art Award (1980, 1981) and the BRL Art Award (1987). His work has been included in the 2007 publication "New Zealand: A Painted Country", the 2006 publication “New Zealand’s Favourite Artists” and the 2005 publication “Wrinkly Tin: A History of Corrugated Iron in New Zealand". His works can be found in collections both here in New Zealand and around the world.

"When I'm working on a picture I'm always thinking about what I'm going to paint the next day, next week, next month. I've got so many ideas floating around in my head, I'll never run out of them. People often comment that I must have incredible patience, but it's not patience, it's a determination and commitment to fully realise my ideas and to faithfully depict the beauty that nature creates, whether it be a pure landscape or an object shaped by the elements and time. I enjoy the challenge of exploring new ways to portray a subject within the realist genre and despite the frustration and occasional monotony I can't imagine not painting - the excitement, the challenge, and the uncertainty that comes with every painting is what drives me and will drive me as long as I am able to hold a brush."

Montana Wines Art Award - merit & viewer's choice awards
1981  Montana Wines Art Award - merit, viewer's choice & sponsor's choice awards
1987  BRL Art Award - highly commended

1986 Solo exhibition, Dawson's Gallery, Rotorua
1987 Solo exhibition, Harrison's Gallery, Tauranga
1979-1988 Works exhibited at:
Whitecliffe Gallery, Auckland
Downtown Hilton Gallery, Auckland
Dowse Gallery, Wellington
Dawson's Gallery, Rotorua
Harrison's Gallery, Tauranga
Gisborne Art Gallery & Museum, Gisborne
1989-2000 No work undertaken
2001 June Group exhibition Landforms, Arts Desire, Warkworth
2002 Sept Solo exhibition North Land, Arts Desire, Warkworth
2003 June Group exhibition A Sense of Place , Arts Desire, Warkworth
         Sept Commenced painting full-time
            Nov Solo exhibition Coast to Coast, Arts Desire, Warkworth
            Dec Commission for The Friends of the Mahurangi for 150th Warkworth anniversary
2004 Oct   Exhibition Rural Decompositions, Arts Desire, Warkworth
2005 Feb Group exhibition, Fishers Fine Arts, Auckland
            July Group exhibition Realism, Impressions & Hope, Fishers Fine Arts, Wellington
            Oct Exhibition Preserving the Past, Arts Desire, Warkworth
            Dec Two works published in Wrinkly Tin: A History of Corrugated Iron in New Zealand
2006 Feb Exhibition The Small Exhibition, Arts Desire, Warkworth
            July Works in Art for the Kaipara charity auction    
            Oct Exhibition Fractured Images, Arts Desire, Warkworth
            Oct Included in New Zealand's Favourite Artists book by Saint Publishing
            Oct Included in 12 Contemporary New Zealand Artists calendar Saint Publishing
2007 Feb Sole painting in Gala Charity Auction for Chris Cairns Foundation Launch
            Mar Exhibition Fringe Dwelling, Remuera Gallery, Auckland
            Sept Exhibition Reality Check, Bank Street Gallery, Whangare
            Nov  Sole painting in Allen's Charity Auction for the Whangarei Hospice
            Dec Group Exhibition, Summer Catalogue, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
2008 April Group exhibition, Falling Leaves, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton
  Group exhibition, Autumn Catalogue, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
           Aug Featured on the cover of 12 New Zealand Artists, calendar published by Craig Potton Publishers
           Oct Exhibition Near and Far,, Bank Street Gallery, Whangarei
           Dec Group exhibition, Summer Catalogue, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2009 April Group Exhibition, Real and Unreal: An Exhibition of NZ Surrealists,, Warwick Henderson Gallery
           May Exhibition Ever Closer, Matakana Gallery, Matakana, Warkworth
  Auckland Art Fair, Viaduct Basin, Auckland
2010  May Exhibition Dichotomy, Art Matakana, Matakana, Warkworth
            Oct Exhibition Pick of the Bunch , Remuera Gallery, Auckland
            Nov Group Exhibition, The Earl Street Journal , Milford Galleries, Queenstown
2011 July Group Exhibition,The Review, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
           Oct Artists' Impressions of NZ Book Launch Exhibition, Art Matakana, Warkworth
  Included in  Artists' Impressions of NZ book by Saint Publishin
  Included in New Zealand Art Calendar 2012 by Black Fish
            Nov Group Exhibition4 Real, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton
            Dec Group Exhibition, The Earl Street Journal, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
2012 July Group ExhibitionThe Review, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
           Sept Group Exhibition, Spring Catalogue, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
           Oct Portraits of New Zealand, Paintings by Philip Kilmore Calendar 2013 by Black Fish
  Included in Artists' Impressions of NZ Calendar 2013 by Browntrout Publishing
           Dec Group Exhibition, The Earl Street Journal , Milford Galleries, Queenstown
2013  Mar Group Exhibition, The Royal Queenstown Easter Show, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
            Oct Included in Artists' Impressions of NZ Calendar 2013 by Browntrout Publishing (a tribute to Denis Robinson)
            Nov Group Exhibition, A Take on Reality, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton
2014  May Group Exhibition, Altered Perspectives, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton
            Dec Exhibition Up North, The Gallery Helena Bay, Oakura Coast, Northland
2015 Sep Featured on cover of 2016 calendar The Contemporary Landscape in NZ Art Potton & Burton

Represented by:
Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton
Black Door Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
Art Matakana, Matakana
The Gallery Helena Bay, Northland

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