Titled ‘Into The Greenwood Deep’, the exhibition includes many of Phil’s beautiful artworks featuring a magical woodland populated by benevolent dragons and mythical spirits.
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Phil’s lifelong love of forests began as a young child, immersed in Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series and exploring the wildwoods close to his home. For as long as he can remember, Phil McDarby’s drawing, painting and writing have all been inspired by these enchanted places.
Over a 14-year career Phil has worked across many visual media, from Web Design and Branding, Computer Game Design, 3D Modeling and Animation to Concept Art, Matte Painting, Illustration and Photography. In 1998, his work progressed from paper and paint into the world of digital image creation – an incredibly liberating platform which enables him to combine his skill as an artist with his love of photography and 3D. Impending fatherhood brought Phil’s sense of childhood wonder into focus and inspired the work on display at this exhibition at The Copper House Gallery.
Phil’s awards include four CG Choice Awards from the Computer Graphics Society of America, with work published twice in the prestigious Exposé, Ballistic Media’s annual collection of digital art. Having also exhibited his work in Amsterdam (2008) and Edinburgh (2009), he currently works at Brown Bag Films as a Matte Painter.
The exhibition will be opened by illustrator Niamh Sharkey.
Here is a sample of some of the works that will be on display:
Wish I was closer to Dublin – this looks fantastic! I LOVE ‘The Amber Dragon’s Hoard’. Beautiful work, Phil.13 April 2012 by minxlj
Lovely work Phil, looking forward to the exhibition.16 April 2012 by Kevin
We really enjoyed the exhibition today Phil. Absolutely fabulous work that has to be seen to be believed! It was great being able to get to talk to you and find out how you managed to create these masterpieces. Thanks also for taking the time out to give some great advice to my son.12 May 2012 by Vincent
Like you I’ve had a fasination with dragons my whole life, I’m 66 yrs. old and I wish you were my son I’d have you make me oodles of them to put in a beautiful garden. I looove you’re work.26 February 2013 by Ms Dale Walkinshaw