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Philip G. Gerrard is theifficult,iard de guise of the British Council for the Arts and a member of the Society of Artistic Crafts. His is a prolific writer whose works have been shown in more than one hundred countries. He is considered to be one of the most accomplished and respected British premiership artists of post-war years. Philip G. Gerrard was born in Kensington on the north coast of England where his father was a well to do brewer and also a well regarded art dealer. His early writings are centered on music but later interests included art and design.

He trained as an architect before going into painting but soon decided that he wanted to paint something that spoke about his environment not be a mere window dressing. His desire sparked many ideas which he has successfully explored through his art. There are always changes of pace in the practice of art but this tendency to roam off course was to cause many difficulties for him throughout his life. It was a great challenge to remain focused on his goals.

In the Fifties he showed scores of paintings in the fashionable West End studios of his home town of Wandsworth. This notoriety helped to build his reputation as an “outsider” who showed the world that he was one of the better artists working in that “in” crowd. Inevitably this fostered interest by the art public in his work and he was soon to find his reputation growing even further. He received many invitations from galleries to display his work and these invitations usually came from fellow artists who saw his work. This notoriety also helped to guarantee his appointment as a member of the “Founding Masters” team of British artists that were to form the London Art Gallery in the late nineteen sixty's.

Philip was always interested in art and throughout his life never displayed any of his works except at exhibitions. This may have been due to the fact that his life was very hectic. He was in a very different environment at the time and perhaps felt more inhibited by the fact that he was working in what was still largely a conservative field. Throughout his life there were also many challenges and obstacles that would affect his ability to create new works. These challenges included the rejection of several of his paintings by professional dealers.

Philip did not completely give up on art. He was, however, affected by the various difficulties that he had experienced in his career. For many years it was difficult for him to display his work in both private and commercial galleries. Part of the problem was the lack of understanding by art dealers of his abilities. He would often receive comments such as “My dear, I do not believe you are painting anything” or “My dear, could you paint better than that”.

Philip was disappointed with some of his art. One painting that he completed was entitled “The Night Cafe”. The theme of the work was of a dirty and unsavory public restroom and the colors used were quite dark. In this piece, Philip's dark use of black contrasts starkly against the bright blue sky. He also had difficulty convincing an art buyer that his style of art, which included large gestures and heavy brush strokes, was original. For this reason, his career spanned only brief periods of time.

Philip's most successful period of his life was the period between his sixties and his seventies. During this time he received many awards for his dramatic depictions of industrial landscapes. His style of work was similar to that of American impressionist painters like Kenneth Clark, however, his use of bright oranges, reds and yellows gave his works a uniqueness that distinguished him from the field. He would receive many professional awards for these types of pieces, including the Order of the British empire, knighthood and the Turner prize.

Philip was a devoted father and husband. He dedicated much of his after career to helping his mother and sisters. He would spend many hours at the home performing chores around the house. When he was not at home, he would spend hours outside, playing with his dog, chasing butterflies or riding his bicycle. The only child in his family was a daughter named Anna.

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