Short Biography of artist, Philip Sugden:
Philip Sugden studied in Paris under French master, Arnaud D'Hauterives (winner Grand Prix de Rome). Since graduation from the New York School of Visual Arts and the Paris American Academie des Beaux Arts, Sugden has made twelve journeys throughout the Himalaya and Tibet creating drawings on location that would act as preliminary studies for his larger and more conceptual studio work.
In 1990, he and his wife, Carole Elchert, were awarded grants from the Ohio Joint Projects in the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, to create a PBS presentation and companion book (Snow Lion Publications) based on their 1988 Cultural Arts Expedition to Tibet. They were guests of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and completed the project entitled, White Lotus, An Introduction to Tibetan Culture. In 1991, the Dalai Lama was their guest for two days in their Findlay, Ohio home where he visited Phil’s studio and accepted one of his drawings from Tibet.
Arch Bishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu, visited his exhibition at the St. Boniface Gallery of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, where they had time for a short conversation.
Sugden’s drawings and paintings, influenced by meditation and his experiences in Central Asia, are described as “conceptual-realism,” and have been exhibited in more than 90 solo and 130 group exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington DC, Melbourne, and Kathmandu. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Chairperson of the Art Department at Bluffton University and spends the majority of his time in his Findlay studio.
Philip’s drawings have been published in a full-color exhibit catalog entitled, Visions from the Fields of Merit; Drawings of Tibet and the Himalayas. The book includes a Forward by the His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and Daniel Entin, Ex. Dir. of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City. The art work can also be seen on his professional website at; http://www.philipsugden.com The most recent series of works, Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God, won the "Civic Action Award" at Artprize 7 in Grand Rapids, MI, 2015. Philip is currently producing and directing a one-hour documentary filming of four dissident artists in Havana, Cuba including Tania Bruguera.