The woods adjoining my studio on the River Wylye in Wiltshire -provide the starting point for observational study in various media, including photography.
A collage of colours and a “nature table” of objects and pictures then take over; the project- to image the original spatial experience through indirect means, rather than making a visual record. The ingredients include recognisable “windows” of nature, contrasting with overlapping colour shapes.
I walk imaginatively through this subject, attending to the way that memory, dream and symbol often break into the presence of nature.
This interpenetration of categories- whether joyful or disturbing - is my version of reality.
Philip Leevers graduated from the Royal College of Art painting school.
After teaching art for some years, he worked as a ceramist, selling through Casson Gallery, Cecilia Colman Gallery, and Liberty’s in London. He specialised in large decorative plates depicting landscapes, often drawn directly onto the plates in the open air.
Returning to paint in oils, his work was shown at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and at Blackheath Gallery.
In 2003 he moved to Dorset, later settling at his current studio at Bull Mill on the River Wylye. He has exhibited regularly in group shows in Dorset, and had a solo show at Shaftesbury Arts Centre in August 2014.
Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 2014
Moontree Gallery, Boscombe, 2012
Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 2011
Bull Mill Arts, Bull Mill, Crockerton, 2013
Wylye Valley Arts Trail, Bull Mill, Crockerton, 2013
Bull Mill Arts, Bull Mill, Crockerton, 2012
Bull Mill Arts, Bull Mill, Crockerton, 2010
Community Hall, Ilminster, 2010
Art in May, St Peter’s Hall, Shaftesbury, 2009