L-R: Philippe Aird, Ivan Aird
To view a short film about the work and inspiration of Philippe, please click the link below:
The Illusion of Simplicity
Philippe Aird was born July 14 th 1961. As a teenager, Philippe was taught by the acclaimed Salford artist, L.S. Lowry. Recognising his talent, Lowry encouraged him to enrol at Salford's College of Art . He was accepted aged 16.
Philippe's inventiveness and unstoppable creativity won him a scholarship to Chelsea College of Art and Design. Here Philippe was able to experiment with a number of different media going on to win the Timeout sponsored International Video Festival in 1982.
Philippe appeared in BBC2's Forty Minutes programme where they featured his live performance art involving painting in the nude, a new and daring concept 25 years ago.
Philippe worked as a fine art lecturer at Salford University. In 2002 he opened The Phoenix Gallery where he now paints fulltime. Philippe's gallery is one mile outside Manchester City centre.
Philippe continually follows his muse experimenting with new materials and new forms of expression. His down to earth attitude has won him many critical admirers and friends.
1982 Sotherbys Group Show
1983 The Third Eye, Glasgow International Art Show
1984 USA International Art Show, Los Angeles
1985 Art Theatre Exhibition, Stratford Upon Avon
1992 Chapman Gallery, Salford
1993 Stockport Open Art Show
1995 One Man Show, Stockport Art Gallery
2001 The Stockport Boys' C21 Connaught Street, London
2003 Opened Phoenix Art Gallery / studio
2004 GMEX Manchester Art Fair
2004 Didsbury Manchester - Novus
2005 Felicinis Monton
2005 FarmilioFiumano London
2005 Affordable Art Fair London
2006 GMEX Show Manchester
2006 Leeds Temple Newson
2006 Novus Contemporary Art
2006 Sex Chemistry London
2007 London Art fair
2007 20/21 International Art fair
2007 Form London Olympia
2007 Affordable Art Fair Battersea park
2007 Art London Chelsea