Artist Bio - Philip Vercoe
I have been a continually practising artist my whole life, apart from periods when my art took a ‘back seat’ for long periods, while I pursued a career in the so called real world. This lack of fulfilment in my work and dreaming every night about painting and drawing, brought me to my ultimate truth to become a full time artist.
Always, I have studied art and artists; through books, galleries, workshops, and the bottomless depths of the internet, but I still consider myself predominately ‘self-taught’. My inspiration comes from a large and varied range of artists with contrasting styles such as Sargent, Degas, Waterhouse, Anders Zorn, Sorrolla, Bischoff, Diebenkorn, Susan Valadon, just to name a few of many. This journey of discovery and enlightenment, I now understand is taking me more and more to the world of the abstract. That dangerous world of freedom, ideas and boldness, where you expose yourself to the way you truly see the world and how you engage with it. Although the audience you speak to may be smaller in number, the understanding comes at a deeper level and art is only truly complete when an engaged viewer is present. This allows the viewer to contemplate the infinite possibilities of what is seen and unseen. Yes, my art does need to tell a story and for a moment, at least, instil an emotion that is as individual as the way we all see the world, therefore I want my paintings to form a unique relationship with you. Through art, we can throw aside the restrictions that society places upon us and redefine our relationship with others and nature, to find our own truth. This is what inspires me.
Art is a pursuit that I will continue for the rest of my life; there will be triumphs, failures, experiments and discoveries. I hope you will share this journey with me.