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Surreal art of everyday life by Philip Mckay

Philip Mckay

It was in 1996 when Philip Mckay entered the world of digital art. He never took it serious, he was just learning about layer masks, smart objects, masking and the 3d side of photoshop. Over the months he was getting more experience with photoshop and he was creating his own artwork.


“I was just trial and error and i still had a lot of learning to do. i was reading more about creating digital art and buying magazines and asking for advice on photoshop forums”.


All ideas come from his own imagination and listening to music also plays a big part to get ideas. He is a massive fan of Pink Floyd and listening to their music inspires him with ideas and scenes that build up in his head.


“It was a a lengthy process having to learn like this with no education at all of learning photoshop or graphic design, everything i learned was self taught. My experience was improving all the time”.


It was about 2004 when he first started to create digital art. He never had any direction as to what style of art he wanted to create. He was creating art just for the fun of it and not taking it serious. As the years went by he had more experience in creating art and learning the 3d application of photoshop. He uses a lot of 3 dimensional shapes and objects in his work.





“Moving forward in years my artwork was getting noticed. I was invited to take part in exhibitions all over the world, doing interviews in magazines, creating art for book covers for famous authors and winning awards globally. after years of learning and studying and to be honest it was a struggle having to learn digital art, things were really looking up for me to get this far in the art world. I was creating art all the time but i never had a any direction as to what i really wanted to create. I never had a theme or a subject until i discovered the art of Rene Magritte and Storm Thorgerson. When i saw the artworks of these two artists it was then that i decided what style and medium of art i wanted to create. surrealism and scenes of idiotic places. Rene Magritte is a Belgian surrealist artist, born in 1898 died 1967. His artwork has inspired me so much. He creates surreal art of everyday life with scenes of unreality Storm Thorgerson was an english graphic designer best known for his album artwork mainly designing Pink Floyd album covers. His art has really influenced me. And to the present day so far. I am really proud for what i have achieved with my art. To get this far with my art in the art world has been a fantastic journey. It has been a struggle with so many setbacks but i just kept going and never giving up”.

“Long you live and high you’ll fly, and smiles you’ll give, tears you’ll cry and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be” ― Pink Floyd

“All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be” ― Pink Floyd

His artwork has been used for numerous book and CD covers:

Book covers:  Jay Stringer–The conqueror’s tomb, Ragnar Jonasson–snow blind, Hakan Nesser–Mensch ohne Hund, Dino Buzzati–En ce moment precis, Douglas Preston-Lincoln child–Faraonova Sifra, Giovanni Ardemagni–Un momento fa forse, preston and child–the pharaoh key, Dino Buzzati–En ce moment precis, Tom Sweterlitsch–The gone world, Dino Buzzati–Nouvelles inquietes, Wie wir traumem–Douwe Drassima, Dean Koontz–By the light of the moon, Friedrich Dürrenmatt–The pledge, Emma Healey–Z is for zoek, Zia Rahman–A la luz de lo que sabemos, Guylain Cliche–Words of peace in native land, Miguel Seaman–Le musee des reves, Christopher Coleman–The sighting, Franz Kafka–El proceso

Music CD covers: Michael Price-The hope of better weather, Micheal Price-4 quartets ep, Micheal Price-Collected piano works for dance, Typhoid Rosie-This is now


2019 Artbox Project Wynwood Gallery Miami, USA. 2019 Sublimations Exhibition Milan Italy. 2018 In-Sight Summer Exhibition Castle Fine Art. 2018 Innervisions Group Exhibition Paris. 2018 APD Kyoto Group Exhibition Japan. 2018 Artbox Project Stricoff Art Gallery New York. 2012 Thoughts and Pictures Exhibition. Vice Chancellors Lodge Liverpool. 2013 Liverpool Art Fair Bluecoat Chambers. 2014 Warrington Open Exhibition UK. 2014 Liverpool Art Fair, The Gallery. 2015 Meditteraneo Group Exhibition. Castello Angionoi Italy. 2015 Palace Biedermanna Exhibition Poland. 2015 Biennale Arte Contemporanea Salerno Exhibition Italy. 2016 La Grande Madre Group Exhibition Angioino Italy. 2017 The Nuance of Dreams Exhibition Florence, Italy. 2017 Anima Mundi Consciosness Venice, Italy. 2017 Gemini Art Prize Exhibition Asia House Gallery, London. 2017 Sunny Art Centre Group Exhibition, London. 2017 Mahlstedt Gallery Contemporary Art and photography Exhibition New York. 2017 Winners Exhibition Zug Gallery, Switzerland.



2020 Gold Award Tokyo International Art Awards Japan, 2019 Finalist Circle Foundation for the Arts, 2018 Finalist at the global Art Awards Palm Five Jumeirah Hotel Dubai, 2018 Circle of Art Foundation Honorable Mention Award, 2018 Monochrome Award Honorable Mention for the Artwork “Luminous times”, 2018 Monochrome Awards Honorable Mention for the Artwork “Vertigo”, 2018 Monochrome Awards Honorable Mention for the Artwork “Time stood still”, 2017 Winner the Artbox Project Switzerland, 2017 Winner the Black and White Spider Awards Digital Art, 2017 Winner Chester Arts Centre, 2017 Finalist the Digital Art Awards UAE, Dubai, 2017 Finalist Visual Arts Open, UK, 2016 International Colour Awards finalist.



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