Philip Maltman has worked as a painter for 25 years. In that time he has produced paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and written work.
He makes continuous reference in his work, to objects on surfaces. The shore, or more accurately, the "littoral" and the ephemeral nature of this area between land and sea, is his original point of departure. He takes into account instances of randomly scattered or discarded objects, natural and man-made, which attract with their inherent, sometimes apparently dormant, energy. This is also echoed in on-going work about Ailsa Craig the island in the Firth of Clyde (part of the Malin Sea) off the coast of South Ayrshire where he lived as a child.
He observes externally, internally, referentially and historically; making works whose subject is not the depiction of the world but what it feels like to encounter the world, whether it includes images, symbols, words, numbers, accidents or design.
The Yarty Valley series has some topographical similarity to the earlier Cyclades series and beach paintings in that an almost aerial viewpoint is achieved by observing trees opposite, from high on one side of the valley of the River Yarty in Devon, where friends have a farm. Weather and time considerations influence the work as do geographic and historic material related to the subject.
Philip trained at Hornsey College of Art (aka Hornsey Commune) and Ravensbourne College of Art and he lists Actions performed with Alan Davie, Captain Beefheart and Joseph Beuys as an essential part of his training.
From The Malin Sea, Piers Feetham Gallery, London
25 Paintings, Hogarth Club, London
My Shore-Your Horizon, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr
My Shore-Your Horizon, Clink Wharf Gallery, London
Bede Gallery, Jarrow
Glasgow Print Studio
Old Vic Theatre, London
Scottish Centre for Trade & Industry
Loch Ness, Battersea Arts Centre, London
West Norwood Library, London
London Group Open Exhibition, (Major Award Winner)
Clarion Contemporary Art, London
2004, 2002, 2001
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Il Mare, Il Mare, Piers Feetham Gallery, London
Hunting Group Art Prize, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Laing Exhibition, London
Paperleaf Art Fair, London
2000, 1999, 1998
Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 21, Walker Art Gallery
Christie's Contemporary Art Auction, London
Leicestershire Collection Exhibition
3x14, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Bath Festival (Aberbach Fine Art)
Small Is Beautiful, Angela Flowers Gallery, London