Last year I was given the fantastic opportunity to work with the students at PSCA.  I delivered a workshop to the students using a progressive drawing method that I had recently developed within my own practice.  Together with the students we created a large-scale mural drawing incorporating images relevant to Plymouth and the Arts. My main objective of getting the students to work in this way was to try and help them to develop their own drawing practice and be able to keep pushing their drawings forward

It’s great to be able to return to the school as an artist in residence and this year I have planned to return and collaborate with a fellow student from Plymouth College of Art.  Dan and I are currently studying BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at the Plymouth College of Art.   

Our aim is to create a large charcoal drawing loosely based around some of Gilbert and George’s work.  The main work that we will relate to is ‘One World’, but our layout is going to be slightly different.  There will be a full-length portrait at each end of the drawing with a large panel in the centre where we plan to include elements that respond to social aspects and the context of the school.

At Plymouth College of Art there is a current campaign “WHAT’S YOUR PROPOSITION” which asks the students to upload and share their own propositions, I thought we could also extend this to the school and include some text into the work.

We are hoping that once the drawing is complete, we will create a slightly up-scaled painting in the style of Gilbert & George’s screen-prints and hopefully get some of the students involved within the production.


Within my making practice, my work crosses through the fields of the mediums of which I am studying, I like my work to create paths allowing me to approach subjects in varying ways.  My image-making is inspired by artists past and present, current affairs, life, death and a lot of the things in between.

I feel that one of the most important and exciting parts of any process is the initial drawing stage, the physical process of mark making holds a real rawness and everyone’s differentiating marks are characteristically their own and very much autographical.  Drawing for me is integral to almost every creative process, therefore I try to push my experimentation within the use of dry media to be able to obtain the best outcome.  Some of my drawing practice is loose and free with suggestive mark making, but I do also like to create realist pieces.

My most recent works are a series of large portraiture drawings focusing on light, tone and felt connections, which can be within the image or projected from the image onto the viewer.

Philip Battley ‘Cherry’  Charcoal and Chalk, 75cm x 55cm                                               
Philip Battley ‘Dead Christ and the Woeful Angel’ (After Bellini)
Charcoal and Chalk, 55cm x 75cm

Philip Battley ‘Projected Light’                                                                  Charcoal and Chalk, 55cm x 75cm 
 Philip Battley ‘Standing in the projection of Ryoji Ikeda’s ‘The Charcoal and Chalk, 55cm x 75cm                                                          Radar’’



I work with different media’s but try to push through painting as my main practice.  Mostly painting traditional subject matter, I try to deliver a more contemporary feel through developing an understanding of subject, object and the observation and relation.  I draw my influence from old masters and modern masters, trying to push the boundaries and see where the paint will take me in a process lead development.