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Phil Lavery

Phil Lavery
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Drawn to geometry, proportion and light, I see abstraction as a way to explore the hidden stories of things and believe that beauty can be found anywhere – if you look close enough.

The In Praise Of Shadows and other transitional spaces series are interrogations of the interaction of natural light and shadow on the surfaces and geometric shapes found in interiors and in particular, the corridors, stairs and other between spaces of buildings where art is displayed, or made.

In April 2016 I had a heart attack, which strangely, also affected my eyes, leaving me with a very reduced area of focus – a bit like looking at the world through a macro lens. It is this personal experience that is the subject of the In The Broken Places series where I search for beauty in those places, and things that have played, or continue to play, a part in my treatment and recovery.

Phil is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, an elected Professional Artist Member of VAS, and the Society of Scottish Artists and a member of SCAN and the RGI.
Selected Exhibitions :
2020/21 : Flow, VAS Annual Exhibition.
2019 : Open, Meffen Gallery, Forfar.
2019 : 30th Anniversary, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.
2019 : Solo - Barony Art Centre, West Kilbride.
2019 : Land Marks, Transient Collective, Patriothall, Edinburgh
2019 : Alight, VAS Exhibition. RSA, Edinburgh
2018 : SSA 121st Annual Exhibition. RSA, Edinburgh.
2018 : Shutter Hub Open, Old Truman Brewery, London.
2018 : Solo : Exploring The Liminal, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018 : Current, Tatha Gallery, Newport-On-Tay.
2018 : Abstracts, Close Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018 : SSA & VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2018 : Borders, Bridewell Theatre Gallery, London.
2017 : Connections, & Gallery, Edinburgh.
2017 : Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, Glasgow.
2017 : Close Gallery, Edinburgh.
2017 : Art Gemini Prize Finalist Exhibition, Asia House, London.
2017 : Shutter Hub Open, Retina Festival, Edinburgh.
2016 : Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, Glasgow.
2016 : Art Gemini Prize Finalist Exhibition, Asia House, London.
2016 : Bright, Group show, Leeds.
2016 : Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh.
2016 : Shutter Hub Cambridge Open, Cambridge.
2016 : Der Greif "A Process 2", Krakow Fotofest, Krakow.

Selected Moving Image Installations
2011 : On Wrecker’s Ball / All Wrapped Up : Drawing (on) Riverside Exhibition : Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow.
2007 : Maxwell's Equations : Edinburgh Science Festival.
2007 : 3D VJ : Designers Block, London
2007 : Made Of Light : Radiance Festival, Glasgow
2006 : Made Of Light : Earls Court, London
2005 : Made Of Light : SIA, Berne
2004 : Made Of Light : RIBA, London