Philip Jopson is a multi-media artist who has exhibited his sculpture, drawings, short films, performance art and poetry in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. He is also an architectural stained glass designer and builder who designed and built a passive solar, energy efficient house out of recycled materials.
Phil was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1959 and is currently living and working in Melbourne.
He has a BA in Sculpture and Architectural Stained Glass (University of Western Sydney, AU) and an Honours in Sculptural Film (University of Canterbury, NZ).
In the 1980s Phil was one of the founders and curators of Street Level Gallery, the first contemporary artist run gallery in the outer west of Sydney, Australia. While there he curated two ground breaking exhibitions; Outsider Art and the multi media event Signs of Survival, celebrating local aboriginal artists.
He worked as a Studio Technician for Finglinna Studios Sydney in 1990’s, supervising the construction and installation of major architectural stained glass commissions. His work can be seen in private residences and businesses in New Zealand and Australia.
In 2012 he was involved in guerrilla art interventions in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.
Phil is the founder of ARTRA, an art and design outlet for commercial projects including, prints, stained glass and designer mirrors.
For 20 years he has also been a Steiner School art educator, currently teaching part time Melbourne and as a private art tutor.
Since moving to Melbourne in 2013 Phil has developed a more spontaneous intuitive approach to his art practice. He has begun a series of sculptures and wearable art with a focus on sustainability, utilising re-purposed household packaging materials.