Biography - Phillip Russell

PHILLIP RUSSELL grew up in Sydney where he first took art lessons after school at the age of sixteen at Joe Holloway's Art Studio at The Haymarket. After completing a design course at East Sydney Technical College, he travelled overseas and lived in England for three years, taking time out to study the museums and art galleries of Europe and to develop his work.

  • 4-year Fine Arts Diploma at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney: Phillip Musket landscape prize in final year
  • Tamworth TAFE: Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts
  • Newcastle University: B.F.A. (Hons)
  • 1973 - 75 Acquisition of "Blue Mountains Landscape" and "Farm Landscape" by the Reserve Bank of Australia, 65 Martin Place, Sydney through the Macquarie Galleries
  • 1980 Murdoch University S.A. art requisition: painting selected by Clifton Pugh
  • 1986 Landscape painting purchased for the Douglas Moran Collection
  • 1990 Acquisition of two paintings in the Commonwealth Collection, Sydney
  • 1997 Acquisition of a painting by Rotary Club of Turkey
  • 1995-97 Acquisition of paintings to UK and USA

Work is represented in private collections in Australia and overseas


  • 1979 Blackheath NSW Rhododendron Festival Art Prize: 1st Prize; judge Reinis Zusters
  • 1979 Campbelltown NSW Fisher's Ghost: First Prize, landscape section; judge John Olsen
  • 1982 Tamworth NSW Lifeline Exhibition: Highly Commended; judge Alex McMillan
  • 1982 Selected to exhibit at the Mattara Spring Festival Art Award Mixed exhibition at the Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
  • 1984 Bingara NSW Bicentennial Art Prize: First Prize
  • 1994-95 Represented in the Prime Television Art Prize NSW travelling exhibition
  • 1980 - Regular exhibitor in annual 'Collector's Choice' shows at 2002 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle NSW
  • 1998 Mungindi NSW Art Show: First Prize
  • 1998 Murrurundi NSW District Arts Council Landscape Prize: & First Prize
  • 1999 Mungindi NSW Art Show Open Prize: First Prize
  • 2000 Gunnedah NSW Art Show Open Prize: First Prize
  • 2007 Alvaro Painting Prize, BDAS Gallery, BOWRAL, Commended
  • 2010 David Turnbull Prize, BDAS Gallery, BOWRAL, People’s Choice Prize Current Galleries
  • 2001- 09 The Old Lodge Gallery, Gladstone NSW
  • 2004 - 09 Terry Cutcliffe Gallery, Addison Road, Marrickville
  • 2008 -11 The Moulton Gallery, Mosman NSW
  • 2008 -11 The Bell Gallery, Berrima NSW
  • 2010 Buzzbar Café, Newton NSW
  • 2015 Finalist, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

Previous exhibitions at the following galleries

  • Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW
  • Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle NSW
  • Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour NSW
  • Moulton Galleries, Mosman and Mona Vale NSW
  • Leura Gallery, Blue Mountains NSW
  • Glenn Innes Art Gallery NSW
  • Marsden Gallery, Bathurst NSW
  • South Yarra Galleries, South Yarra, VIC
  • Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville NSW
  • Old Lodge Gallery Gladstone NSW
  • Buzzbar Café, Newtown NSW 2010
  • The Bell Gallery, Berrima NSW 2007-2011
  • Light Horse Gallery, Robertson, NSW 2013
  • Altenburg&Co, Braidwood, NSW 2014
  • Sturt Gallery Café, Mittagong NSW 2014 
  • Fairview Art Space, Mudgee NSW 2015
  • Bowral Art Gallery, Bowral, NSW 2006 – 2018
  • Rochfort Gallery, Silhouette Exhibition, North Sydney NSW 2019

  • Rochfort Gallery, Renewal Exhibition, North Sydney NSW 2020 


                art guide AUSTRALIA, JULY/AUGUST 2019, p 176