Philip Faulks was born in England and came to Australia in 1976 at the age of 17. He attended RMIT TAFE and studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating in 1980. Subsequently he also completed a Master of Art at RMIT University in 1999.
He has been an exhibiting artist since 1981. Since that time his practice has embraced painting, drawing and sculpture. This has seen him undertake 15 Solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and China. He has also been included in more than 75 group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam and Italy. He is represented in many public collections including the Australian National Gallery Canberra, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Bendigo Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, and the collection of The Chinese Government. He has also has work in private collections in Australia, America, Japan, England, Ireland, and France.
He has received a number of commissions including a portable mural for the Playbox Theatre at the Malthouse theatre complex, painting an artist’s tram, designing the floral clock and other flower beds in the Melbourne Botanical gardens, a relief sculpture in the Brunswick library Atrium and designing (with John MacKinnon) a number of sculptural bike racks that can be seen outside a cafe and a bar in Brunswick.
He has also received support from the Australia Council, the Melbourne city council and more recently completed residencies in NSW and Vietnam.
In addition he has worked extensively in higher education in the University and TAFE sectors and he has taught Visual Art at Chisholm in Frankston since 1991.
Faulks describes his work as “A personal visual exploration of common lived experience familiar to us all” and“I hope that my work contributes to the idea that the revelation of nameless internal worlds can invite recognition and understanding of our shared humanity”