a short biography:
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Phil Herbison moved to Montreal in 1972 following 2 years of study at the London Film School.
For twenty years he worked professionally as a freelance cameraman and director of photography. During this time, he also explored the
medium of painting and had several exhibitions of his work beginning with a series of portraits featuring anonymous people. It was entitled
Passengers and shown at Galerie Laurent Tremblay in Montreal (1978). In 1980, he was accepted into the graduate program in fine arts at
l'Université de Québec à Montréal and received his MFA in 1983.
In the 1990's he took a hiatus from painting and made a documentary film entitled Animal Connections. It was sold to the CBC television in Canada and won several film festival awards including one at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1995.
In the year 2000, Herbison's career as artist re-emerged with the building of a new home and studio in Stowe, Vermont. In 2004, he had a solo exhibition entitled Child's Play at the Tegu Gallery in Morrisville. It included assemblages created from found objects and wood scraps, as well as painted collages of rags in the form of toy soldiers.
In 2009, he had his next solo exhibition at the Vermont Supreme Court, entitled Urban Wallscapes. He based this series of paintings mostly on the photographs he had taken of urban walls in various countries around the world.
Recently, Mr. Herbison has concentrated on non-figurative constructions of form and color through the use of wood scraps and found objects.