Philip Ciolina




Philip Ciolina was born in England into an Anglo/Swiss Italian family. From an early age, travelling between England and Switzerland through France, left some deep and lasting impressions.

He graduated in Painting from the Royal College of Art , London in 1974 and was awarded a Residency at the International Cité des Arts in Paris. While working there he had further opportunities to extend his awareness of European artists. At that time he was working on small oil paintings and works on paper.

From then until now his pictures remain on an intimate scale, while his subject matter is often influenced by isolated lines of poetry. Quiet, composite images are made from drawing objects which are buried, just discernible and partially revealed between transparent layers. In both studios where he works, on the Kent coast and in the Pyrenees, there are just piles of books on painting and poetry, postcards, drawings and a few objects, mostly ceramics, collected while travelling, which appear and reappear in the pictures.

In 2011, Philip Ciolina won the Random House book prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition with 'The White Rose' which related to the Four Quartets by TS Eliot and has been subsequently commissioned to produce an image for a new compilation of Robert Frost's poetry.

His work has been exhibited widely in the UK (including the Hayward Gallery, Barbican Arts Centre, Art First and The Fine Art Society, London) as well as abroad and is in private collections in the UK, Europe and the US. Collections include Estates of Derek HIll and Rolf Brandt Young Mallin Archive (New York), Dulwich College, London, St Catharine's College, Cambridge and Philadelphia Museum of Art, US.