This illustration is inspired by the story of a friend Philip met on social media in January 2015. Initially intrigued by Philip's video/paintings, she asked about the meaning of his animal-related work, and the conversation swiftly lead on to veganism, animal testing, and to him recommending everyday meat-free foods. Several months later she and her family are pro-actively changing their lives to a virtually vegan one. She says she feels healthier, guilt-free, and is proud to be passing on all she has learned to everyone around her. She now sees the world of animals, nature, and humans as an interconnected whole. As a student she was a vegetarian and an animal lover, and over the intervening years she ‘forgot’ as the routines of conventional everyday life took over. She recently said to Philip “Thank you for helping me remember the person I used to be.”
Philip was born in 1970 in Malvern, Worcestershire, and by the age of four he was drawing and painting dinosaurs and spaceships. After a brief period during primary school of wanting to be either a dustbin man or a magician, by the time he was eighteen it seemed that his direction in life (however ill-advised) was clear. He moved on from dinosaurs and magic tricks, gained a degree in illustration at Leicester Polytechnic in 1992, moved out of the city to Somerset and changed his lifestyle from vegetarian to vegan. He's spent the intervening years refining and exploring his chosen craft by learning how to process the experiences of everyday life through his Art, forming a visual diary of his life in paintings, poetry, novellas and videos.
Philip became fully vegan when he began working at Viva! (www.viva.org.uk ) in 2003. This amazing organisation educated and inspired him, and all his personal artwork and writing were forever changed to Animal Rights/Vegan themes. Since contacting the animal rights photographer Jo-Anne McArthur in 2014 and (with her support) creating a portrait of her and her work (in his painting/story/video ‘The Ghost Camera’) He's become fully committed to the vegan/animal rights art movement, gained a following on social media, and produced a series of designs, prints, cards, and fine art animal portraits for sale/auction for Viva!
Philip hopes to use all his skills to fight for this cause from now on.
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