Phil Irish Biography

The practice of painting has become, for Phil Irish, a way of exploring the world, stimulating imagination, and sparking deep exchange with others.

He earned his Masters of Fine Art from York University, Toronto (2012) and his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Guelph, Canada (1995).

Exhibitions at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries include Oakville Galleries, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Angell Gallery, and AKA Artist Run Centre.  His contribution to the Francophonie International Painting Competition was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada.  La Manif d’Art 4, Quebec City’s biennial, featured his work, as have group exhibitions across Canada and the United States.  He has developed new work during residencies in Newfoundland, at the Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, and as the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence.  Irish applied his painterly vision to a web-based artwork for Oakville Galleries.  In 2007 was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

Irish lives in Elora, Ontario, with Anna and their 2 daughters.


Download Phil Irish’s CVAbout_the_Artist_files/Irish%20CV%2015.pdf


Phil Irish

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Elora, Ontario

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