Philip Tonkyn’s career as an artist, illustrator and art teacher has spanned over forty years. He has an MA in Art and Graphic Design and is a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (MSIAD). Before returning to Glastonbury he was Director of Art at the Portsmouth Grammar School. His work has been widely published, and five of his works have recently been selected for the Royal West Academy’s Open and Photography Exhibitions.
Brought up in Glastonbury and initially having studied sculpture at Somerset College of Art, Philip Tonkyn later became well known as an air-brush artist and illustrator of numerous book, magazine and record covers. He now specialises in photography, which he uses to create numinous glimpses of a magical Otherworld, where matter and spirit meld in the marriage of landscape and light.
Merging up to twenty-one photographs into large composite landscapes, he recreates the magical moment – of necessity one of great stillness, for only when the world ‘holds its breath’ can the component photographs be taken. At these moments he feels that the world is transfigured with beauty and an insight of our deeper being may be found.
After a long career as an artist and art teacher, Philip Tonkyn returned to live in his home town of Glastonbury five years ago. He initially studied sculpture at Somerset College of Art and later became well known as an air-brush artist and illustrator of numerous book, magazine and record covers. He currently works mainly with photography to express his spiritual relationship with landscape in an exploration of Sacred Place and magical being. In this quest, Glastonbury has become the prime subject of his work.
In the Forest, Sacred Sites and Avalon Series, up to twenty-one images are merged into large ultra wide-angle landscapes. The resultant photograph is a super-real view of the world beyond normal eye-sight, capturing the fullest experience of ‘being there’.
The Simulacra Series mirror sections of photographs to reveal the animism of the natural world – often evocative of images familiar from folk memory and archetype.
PhilipTonkyn has an MA in Art and Graphic Design Education and is a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (MSIAD).
BLUE CEDAR, CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION