Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui | MY CHOICE: Philip Stokes / February 2020
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MY CHOICE: Philip Stokes / February 2020

Each month a member of our community is invited to browse our online collection and select six of their favourite artworks. Each ‘My Choice’ selection, together with personal responses to the works, will be available to view on the Sarjeant Gallery website for one month at a time. The February 2020 My Choice has been selected by Phil Stokes and is available to view until 29th February 2020.

Philp Stokes is a leading glass artist who works between Whanganui and Melbourne, Australia. He is a stable artist of New Zealand Glassworks where he makes, teaches and presents his craft.

Philip Stokes has worked as a full time glass artist with hot glass since 2002. He graduated with honours at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2001 and also received the prestigious Pilchuck Scholarship Award. He opened the first open access hot glass facility in Melbourne in 2002 and continued this business until late in 2016 when he relocated to New Zealand with his husband. Philip now works from New Zealand Glassworks where he creates his own art works, teaches and helps to make New Zealand Glassworks’ production. His work is held in private collections around the world, in commercial public spaces internationally, including the National Art Glass Collection in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

My Choice Februuary 2020: Philip Stokes, leading glass artist.

Click on an image to see further details about the work and artist, and view a large version.

“This painting in the pop art style is a symbol of my new life and home in Castlecliff, Whanganui. My partner Scott Redding and myself have acquired one similar. It symbolises our new life after having left the hustle of city life in Melbourne.”

“This work allows me to indulge in the pure emotive experience of colour. I am absorbed instantly into the deep lapis and distant blues.”

“I first experienced Emily’s sculpture at Melbourne Art Fair in the 2000’s. I was astounded with the precision and skill in assembly, making real to me these mythical beasts.”

“This work captures such a life-like close up of the wrestlers entangled. It’s impossible for me to ignore the homoerotic overtones.”

Kangaroos, a photograph by the late photographer Peter Peryer.

“I used to work at a native animal reserve in far North Queensland looking after these unique creatures. This photograph reminds me now of the fires sweeping through Australia and the subsequent devastation of wildlife.”

“The juxtaposition of colour and pattern here is oppositional yet the two drift in and out of one another seamlessly. Drawn into the maze by colour with no desire to find my way out.”

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