Phil Entwistle

  • Buttress, Cathedral Quarry Phil Entwistle Contemporary landscape painting by a geological artist
  • Shaft of sunlight Slate quarries of Cumbria Exploring the disused quarries of Borrowdale and Coniston
  • Contour chart Coniston Solid Ground An exhibition of 2-D and 3-D work in Hull during its year as UK City of Culture, 2017
  • Deltaic sandstone Rock faces A closer look at exposed rocks from an artistic point of view
  • Joffre Glacier 1 Shaped by Ice A second solo exhibition at Brantwood, in 2014
  • Sea-worn chalk A Return to the Coast An Arts-Council funded touring exhibition and public art project in 2011
  • Wastwater Light, Rock, Water - 2010 A solo exhibition at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin

Phil Entwistle paints in oils, sometimes with the addition of ink.   His subjects are mainly vertical faces such as mountain or sea cliffs, drawn mainly from the UK but also from Canada and Australia. He works as part of the Professional Practice Programme at Hull College School of Creative Arts, where he has been based since 2007.

Phil looks at the landscape as an object rather than a place, emphasising the physical processes that take place on a geological timescale. Spending time exploring the terrain on foot is an essential part of his working practice. His focus is on the physical form of the rock, often keeping the scale ambiguous.

The activity of painting suggests parallels with geological processes. Gravity controls the flow of paint on a sloping canvas; colour is laid down in strata; brush strokes reconstruct the grain and fractures in the rock. Like the landscape, the surface of a painting may be repeatedly covered and re-exposed.

Phil and his work are also on Instagram at a.geological.artist.


Solo exhibitions:

2010 “Light, Rock, Water”, Brantwood House, Cumbria

2011 “A Return to the Coast”, an Arts Council funded touring exhibition and railway poster project in the East Riding and North Yorkshire.

2014 “Shaped by Ice”, Brantwood House, Cumbria

2017 “Solid Ground”, Brook Street Art, Hull.

Other selected exhibitions:

2015 Private exhibition at BP North Sea HQ, Aberdeen

2015, 2016 Maiden Bridge Galleries, Bentham, North Yorkshire

2016 Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London

Corporate clients include Dana Oil and the Geological Society of London.

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  1. Beth Rudwell avatar
    Beth Rudwell Sep 14, 2014

    Hello Phil Entwistle,

    I discovered your work when I met Chris Commarie when we were staying with him for awhile.  Our son in law, a climber in London introduced us to Chris.  I am an artist in the states, and I love your work.  I do want to keep in touch that I might buy one of your pieces for myself or Marcus, our climber in the family…All the Best,


  2. Jeremy Constant avatar
    Jeremy Constant Feb 7, 2015

    I am an old school friend of your friend Roger Donbavand who sent me your ’ Tumbling Beck’  greetings card on my birthday. I have been looking at your range of artwork which is very impressive. Roger and Janet often talk about their visits to you and yours to them. One day our paths may cross. I hope you had a good time with them in Australia when you were down under. Did you get any sketches done while you were there. Great work. All the best. Jeremy

  3. Phil Entwistle avatar
    Phil Entwistle Feb 7, 2015

    Hi Jeremy. Thanks for your kind comments, it’s good to hear from you. We had a great time in Australia, and though sketching was very limited by our schedule I came back with masses of photos of rocks, which may lead to some paintings before long.
    If you’re agreeable I’ll add you to my list for very occasional emails when I have exhibitions coming up.
    Best wishes,