Philip Gurrey

York, United Kingdom

Since starting out as a newly graduated, professional artist in 2007, Philip Gurrey’s work has been positioned around history and politics. Through his painted investigations he pays homage to specific historical movements and occurrences. Each of these points of interest strongly influences the way we live today. The early work drew on the painted language of the Dutch golden age by borrowing directly from works by Rubens and Anthony van Dyck to sculpt a new vision of an age which saw a power shift away from the King and religion towards trade and money, considered by many as the birth of modern society.

More recent works saw Philip Gurrey use the war photographer Percy Hennell’s works as their inspiration. By juxtaposing a number of Hennell’s photographs into a new image he was able to create new non-existent personalities, scarred, battered and bruised from conflict. These poignant images scrape beneath the surface of the flesh and blood to depict a fresh vision of the human condition, serene, tender and unmoving.

Pulled together by cohesion in subject matter and medium, the works are carefully attributed by historical subjective and artistic associations.

Key facts

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  • Born in York, UK in 1984
  • Studied at Glasgow School of Art both at undergraduate and graduate level
  • Exhibited in solo and group shows including ‘ Ceremonia, Tat Art, ( Barcelona, 2017); – Philip Gurrey, Galeri X, Rungsted Kyst (Copenhagen, 2015); ‘War & Trauma’, Dr Guislain Museum (Gent, 2013); ‘Stigmates’, Fondation Frances (Senlis, 2012); ‘Untitled’, The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London, 2011); ‘The Stations of the Cross’, St Andrews Church, Fulham in the Fields (London, 2010); ‘The Action of Looking’, SWG3 (Glasgow, 2009); ‘Dacs 25’, Kowalsky Gallery (London, 2009); ‘Ultrasonic III’, Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles, 2008), ‘Philip Gurrey’, Madder139 (London, 2008).
  • Apart of the UK based Mercer Art Gallery Collection and Fondation Frances.