Benoit Philippe

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Gender MALE
Location Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Introduction Born in 1968, I lived in Paris for thirty years, painting in and around the city. I started oil painting at the age of twelve. Two years later, I participated in my first group show and carried on ever since. Painting has been running in the family for several generations and seems to continue this way. In 1997, I moved to Swindon (United Kingdom) and started to paint the scenery of Wiltshire. Being a foreigner helps keep a fresh outlook on the landscape, buildings and all the small details that make a Nation. If I had to choose one sentence to depict my art, whatever medium I use, it would be ┬źdrawing with light┬╗. I bring the subject to life by tuning colours, tones and shapes. Lines emerge from the encounter of shades and lights, not the other way around. I like to paint quickly, free hand, to keep my work fresh and build a sound structure. Highlights and details are only added at a later stage to create the illusion of a more complex reality. I paint with oil, watercolour and pastels, depending on the subject and the type of effect I want to achieve.