Thoughtful and beautiful work by Philip Dearest

24 Feb 2020

Thoughtful and beautiful work by Philip Dearest

You may have noticed that a new work has appeared on the wall of the Candy Bar!

We’re always looking for ways to support local artists and our Candy Bar Commission offers a small-scale mural opportunity.

This commission was initially offered in 2018 to local artist Katie Tooth following a mentorship with international artist MOMO (who himself painted our fabulous colourful fly tower commission).

Now we’re delighted to present work by local artist Philip Dearest in this space. Philip is an illustrator who works across various mediums including digital art, painting, drawing and making zines.

Through portraiture he explores themes such as identity, disability and mental health. He describes his illustrations as representing the awkward.

He’s participated in the MCA Zine Fair, Indie Comic Con, Supanova, Oz Comiccon, and numerous art fairs where he sells his zines and illustrations on t-shirts, posters, badges and stickers. His zines are held in the National Library of Australia collection.

Philip has some chronic mental health issues including obsessive–compulsive disorder, extreme anxiety and panic disorders and agoraphobia, that at times can be debilitating.

Expressing himself as an artist and making art on a regular basis greatly helps Philip work through and manage his mental health.

Philips’s work for the Candy Bar Commission will feature two still-life studies he made on his iPad while in a psychiatric hospital for agoraphobia exposure therapy.

Philip said: ‘Each day I had to force myself outside for 30 plus seconds a day and find a leaf or flower, touch/smell/experience it and then bring it back inside and do a still life study.’

He also captured the making of these studies in time lapse videos which will be shown on the monitors in the foyer area. These meditative videos reveal insight to Phillip’s drawing process, composition development and decision making.

We’re really excited to support Philip and show his work and think you will agree they are a thoughtful and beautiful outcome.

You can find more of these plant studies and Dearest’s other work on his Instagram feed @philipdearest


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Agoraphobia Expose Therapy – Day 44 & 10 2019