Creek BA (Hons), ATD, SWAc was born in
Cambridgeshire, England, in 1951. He received
his Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting from
Manchester University in 1973 before undertaken
Post-graduate study in the History of Art and
Design at Birmingham University.
After a career in art education, including being
Director of The Beaford Arts Centre, lecturing
on The Masters in Education Programme at Exeter
University and being Chair of SWGaTE he left his
last full-time post, as County Adviser for Art
and Design in the county of Devon, in April
He now concentrates on his
painting full-time working on
the coast or in the landscape
and townscapes of Devon,
Cornwall and Dorset. Initial
studies are then further
developed in his East Devon
Self Portrait (Private
painting in the landscape.
Phil has paintings in private collections in
Spain, the USA and the UK and has exhibited in
The Mall Gallery, London, The Royal Albert
Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter Phoenix
and The Gloss Gallery, Exeter.
He is a founder member of DAISI,
honorary member and, from April
2015, Chair of The South West
Academy of Fine and Applied
His work is inspired by the landscapes and
seascapes of both the county of Devon, England
and Cape Cod, USA where he visits several times
each year to work in and around Eastham,
Wellfleet and Truro.
His sketchbook work is predominantly small scale
and undertaken in gouache directly responding to
place and time in the outdoors. These initial
plein air studies are developed into studio
pieces either on the Cape or back home in East
Devon, England, using gouache or acrylics.
He is particularly interested in portraying how
people inhabit and relate to the natural
landscape and built environment.
painting in the Spanish
almost finished Spanish painting
- 'Almond Trees'.