Maltman has worked as a painter for 25 years. In that time he has produced
paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and written work. His early career was
inspired by meetings with Don Van Vliet, Alan Davie, Richard Demarco and Joseph
Beuys. An interest in James Joyce led to correspondence with Robert Motherwell
in the 1980's.
major exhibition at Battersea Art Centre in 1978 travelled to Glasgow and Jarrow.
Its theme was Loch Ness and its attendant mysteries although it was essentially
an exhibition of landscape paintings but with a twist towards abstraction
utilising grids, water disturbances, and diagrammatic markings relating to the
various investigators and their work. During the 1980's Philip Maltman's work
took a somewhat Homeric journey (in parallel to his study of, and work on
Joyce's "Ulysses") through abstraction and "New Primitivism"
,as described by Art Monthly. During the journey Jeffrey Solomons at Fischer
Fine Art championed his work and Charles Saatchi also saw his work and
recommended it to Bernard Jacobson with whom he had a brief association. Philip
Maitman reached both literally and metaphorically his home shore in the early
visit to Scotland at this time brought him home to the ribbon of South Ayrshire
beaches from Turnberry, through Maidens and Culzean to Croy where his childhood
rambles were recalled instantly due to little or no change in the environment.
The ever present view of Ailsa Craig provided the most stunning reunion.
Craig is without doubt the object in the landscape which most impressed me then
and now both as a physical site and as a metaphysical phenomenon. I had carried
the image of Ailsa Craig with me since I left Scotland as a teenager and despite
various visits in the late sixties and early seventies it is the only object
which, on returning, seems to grow with the years whereas all man-made features
seem to diminish. Stones on the beaches have their individual power echoing that
of the island."
is the starting point for Philip Maltman's current and, one might say, mature
work. Recent paintings reconcile abstraction and figuration in a fundamental
combination of observed reality and interior response employing both
conventional and unconventional media.
the last three years Philip Maltman has shown with sculptor Katy English who is
also a neighbour. The genesis of their collaboration was in the discovery that
as well as having studios which were either side of a garden fence, their work
was based upon shores which faced each other on either side of the stretch of
water between Katy English's Antrim coast and Philip Maltman's Ayrshire coast
with Ailsa Craig in between. Each shore can be distantly seen from the other and
their ongoing joint exhibition is entitled "My Shore - Your Horizon".
Mailman would welcome enquiries about exhibiting his work. Further information
including slides can be obtained from the artist at his home
studio address or visit
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