About - Biography and CV
“Predominantly a formalist, I meticulously create imaginative sculptures that are considered and intelligent; forms which tenuously balance coherency and chaos.”
Concerned with longevity, Philip Rae-Scott specifically chooses quality materials to create complex abstract sculptures with tactile surfaces. Philip predominately works in metal, attracted by its strength, versatility, and the possibility of creating illusive, apparently gravity defying sculptures otherwise unachievable in other materials. He takes inspiration from the making process itself, manmade structures, machinery and the natural world. Philip believes that humans instinctively view objects in relation to their own scale. He often produces sculptures taller than human height as "It is part of our primal survival instincts to treat an object larger than ourselves with respect and even trepidation.” Exploring concepts of site, Philip creates monumental sculptures of a suitable scale that neither impose nor detract, but rather compliment their surroundings. When creating smaller indoor sculptures, unconstrained by the effects of the elements he takes advantage of a wider variety of materials.
Machinery and mechanisms always fascinated Philip. His draw to sculpture stemmed from a sharp realisation that he saw it was possible to achieve closer to “perfection” with sculpture. "Functional or mechanical projects are never finished, as components become obsolete, or wear out." Furthermore, the unsatisfactory compromise between aesthetics and function was non-applicable with sculpture.
Disillusioned and suppressed by his art foundation at Oxford Brookes School of Art 2011, Philip chose to pursue his artistic practise without further education or delay. He believed that his artistic inspiration was plentiful, and that it was more beneficial learning techniques and making skills working in various industries. Furthermore Philip had a studio space and an extensive collection of tools, meaning the facilities gained through “Formal Education” were not of interest to him.
Working from a 2000sq ft studio, in Dorset, designed and built by himself, Philip now has the capacity to produce monumental sculpture, within a vast landscape which inspires him.
Philip’s work exists in many private collections in England, Geneva and Barcelona, and he has exhibited extensively in London and The South of England.
Philip Rae-Scott was born in Devon in 1991. Quotes by Philip Rae-Scott.
Bryanston School 2004 - 2009.
Art & Design Foundation, Oxford Brookes School of Art, 2011.
Sculpture In A Landscape 1969-2020, West Leaze, Wiltshire, 2020.
YAP in Association with Ackerman Studios, 45 Park Lane, London, 2018.
The Private Launch of Pygmalion Fine Art, 11 Avenue Studios, London, 2017.
The Road Not Taken, The Violet Hour, The Hospital Club, London, 2017.
A Miracle of Rare Device, The Violet Hour, The Strand Gallery, London, UK, 2016.
Whithurst Park Art Fair, LX Art in Association with YAP, West Sussex, 2016.
Bryanston Today, Mall Galleries, London, UK, 2016.
Platform, Pintora, Embassy Tea Gallery, London 2015.
Sculpture In The Garden, YAP, Hill Ash Farm, West Sussex, 2014.
Pop Up Exhibition, YAP, Shed Gallery Muse, Hampshire, 2013.
Yet to Arrive, Cre8 Gallery, Hackney Wick, London, 2013.
Art & Design Foundation Show, Oxford Brookes School of Art, Oxford, 2012.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Museum of History of Science, Oxford, 2012.
Opening Exhibition, Curio Cabal Gallery, London, 2012.
Bryanston Now, Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK, 2011.
Tim Sayer Collection, London, 2017.
Richard Foden Collection, Switzerland, 2016.
Eddie Powell Sculpture Park, Surrey, 2015-2016.
Arkwright Design & Engineering Scholarship, Arkwright Scholarship Trust, 2008.
Design Grant, The Finlator Guiting Trust, 2008.
John Booth, Sculptural furniture, Now We’re Laughing, 2016.
Nick Udal, Sculpture, We’re all an Accident No.3, 2015.
Richard Taylor, Sculpture, We’re all an Accident No.7, 2015.
Oliver d’Erlanger-Bertrand, Sculpture, We’re all an Accident No.2, 2015.
Nigel Spalding, Sculpture, We’re all an Accident No. 4-6, 8, 2015.
Nigel Carew-Jones, Sculpture, Untitled aluminium cube, 2015.
FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Foundryman, London Bronze Foundry, London/Farnham, 2016/2017.
Fabrication and construction, Arcadia, Bristol, 2014/2015.
Fabrication, restoration and machining, Oliver Way Design, West Sussex, 2009-2016.