MEET THE ARTIST
After three years at the Queensland College of Art, Philip Farley was working as an illustrator when in 1992 he decided to follow his heart and take a different path: wildlife fine artist.
It was a wise decision. Philip has won multiple awards for the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, including “Best Bird Painting”, “The Sam Slater Award”, “Best Young Artist”, and “Best Watercolour”. On three occasions he was voted “Most Popular Artist” at the annual Queensland Wildlife Artist Society exhibition, and was runner up for the 1991 James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize. Another highlight was at the Annual Queensland Sunday Mail Art Show, where out of over 700 paintings, Philip’s piece “Country Trio” was voted by the public as the most popular painting.
Philip has sold almost 20,000 limited edition prints and of the 40 images he has released,
half of them have sold out of their paper limited edition runs.
Philip has diversified in recent years, adding more impressionistic and vibrant compositions to his repertoire. Collectors are spoilt for choice, from majestic landscapes and cityscapes to portraits and traditional wildlife art. Lively colours, confident brush work and the dramatic use of light remain Philip Farley’s signature style details.
Philip lives on the fringe of Brisbane with his wife, Carrol, and their three children.
Their five acre bush block (pictured below), complete with its own permanent creek, is an endless source of inspiration.
“Whether it’s a landscape, portrait, wildlife or city scape, I try to capture the effects of light and colour to convey the essence and character of the subject matter. This can be created by fine detail and the use of accuracy, other times through broader brush strokes and bold colours.”