Cool Your Jets 2 was inspired by the artist's long road-trip through the South-West of the USA.
Philip Mead focuses on utilising diversity of mixed media, found materials and worked surfaces. Both adding and subtracting different layers, Philip builds up a physical history in the very fabric of his work. The final state of the painting therefore hangs in the balance, in a state of equilibrium representing the interaction between constructive and deconstructive forces.
The images which result from these various processes are highly charged by the energy instilled into them and through the associated values of the found objects contained within them.
Painting (BA Hons), Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology, 1982.
Painting (MA), Birmingham Polytechnic, 1984.
Awards: Winner of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. Winner of the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant. Winner of the Greek Government Scholarships and Arts Council.
Residencies: The National Gallery, London. Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. Wales-Rajasthan Artist Exchange, Jodhpur. Bemis Center Omaha, Nebraska.
Selected Exhibitions: Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2012-2012 and 2015-2016. Cosmic Rays Dent My Helmet, White Space, Taunton 2012. Portfolio, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2013. Secret, Royal College of Art, London 2013, 2015 and 2016. Issue, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff 2014. Refraction, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff, 2017.