Phil Buffett-McKibbin – Illustrator, painter

Phil explores landscape and the effects its colour, form and history have on him as an artist.

Using classic painting and drawing methods, Phil’s work encompasses many feelings and histories. He translates texture and perspective into his personal visions, and his works tell his story while also leading the viewer on their own journey.

Phil worked as a graphic designer in Auckland and London, then studied art history, painting and printmaking at Elam School of Art, Auckland University, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts. He then had a career of teaching and graphic design including work  for Ogilvy and Mather, Auckland City Gallery, Auckland Society of Arts Art School and University of Auckland at Manukau School of Visual Arts.

Phil is an advocate of craft skills and values that support the tonal range of handmade, giving his paintings an out of world context. The viewer’s sight and meaning is not a cerebral colonisation. There is no indication of how the land should be thought of; rather the audience is given an experience of time, detail and texture revealed through layers of paint. Phil’s carefully rendered oil paintings have a muted tonal range that removes them from the immediate reality provided by photography. They become instead a detailed personal record of time and experience of place. Phil is also s a drawing tutor at the Quarry Arts Centre.