Philip Raymond Westcott was born in 1951 and is a resident of Eccles in the City of Salford. He studied at Salford Grammar School and later at the City of Leeds College.
His work over the last 20 years has predominantly consisted of landscapes and cityscapes painted in oils around the northwest region of England. Philip maintains that Manchester itself has been one of his main sources of inspiration, and it is a tribute to his talents that he was the only artists invited into the Arndale Centre to record the devastation caused by the IRA bombing in 1996. He regards his work as a tribute to the northwest landscape.
In his landscape paintings, he tends towards hidden views of secret places rather than the more usual and traditional panoramic views. These paintings, according to Philip, “…show the peace and tranquillity which are to be found in isolated places of beauty”
Though abstraction has predominated the art world in recent times, Philip sees the landscape as having a long tradition in English painting – a tradition which is in danger of being lost in the modern media-orientated society. He believes that artists should continue to capture the landscape while it survives, before spreading towns and motorways destroy it forever.
Philip’s career is marked by many exhibitions, awards and honours, including being a Prize-winner in the Salford Urban Art Exhibition, First Prize winner in the Bury New Year Festival Art Competition and many others.
Apart from in his native Salford, his works have been exhibited in British Watercolour Society shows, the British Society of Painters, at the Lime Gallery and the Talent Search gallery in California, and in August 2002 he was invited to exhibit in the “Our Manchester” exhibition during the Commonwealth Games.
He has also held a host of solo exhibitions around the northwest and has been featured in numerous publications including “Art & Artists”, “House & Garden” and “City Life” magazines.
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