Phil Irish

Phil Irish, from Elora, Ontario, has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. He earned a BA in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Guelph in 1995. Exhibitions at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries include Oakville Galleries, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Angell Gallery, and AKA Artist Run Centre. His contribution to the Francophonie International Painting Competition was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada. La Manif d’Art 4, Quebec City’s biennial, featured his work. He has developed new work during residencies in Newfoundland, at the Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, and as the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence. Irish applied his painterly vision to a web-based artwork for Oakville Galleries. He was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

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