Philip Beadle
Philip Beadle
phone: 0064 3 355 3512



What's new.

'Water & Light' at Little River Gallery til 4th April 2018

Water and light - vital to our existence and an ever present theme in my art. Living on an island nation surrounded by the ocean exposed often to extremes of weather, water and light are a constant, but are also constantly changing. A rich source of creative material is never far away. Landscapes which one day reveal dense shadows from harsh light are followed the next by more subtle shapes and veiled detail when the lighting is ethereal. Warm and inviting, cold and forbidding, the interaction between water and light invokes a variety of responses to our surroundings.


“Capturing the light striking a range of subject matter has always interested me whether it is the landscape, nude or cityscapes. I'm interested in our emotional response to the often fleeting memories we retain of something we have seen and how it affected us. It could be a glare on water or a pose we see for a millisecond as someone moves in every day life to touch their hair or dry themselves after a swim. I'm also concerned with creating an exciting painting surface with abstract qualities and enjoy painting in warm low evening or winter light to resolve form, colour and light into a warm companion on canvas.”
Philip works in oil, water-colour, dry-point and monotype. His immediate environment is Christchurch, where he lives, with its cityscapes, the Canterbury plains, the Southern Alps and Banks Peninsula - all sources of subject matter and inspiration. Philip regularly travels and paints around New Zealand and has had several trips overseas gathering material from which he has painted.

Represented by

Parnell Gallery, Auckland
Bryce Gallery, Christchurch
Little River Gallery Banks Peninsula
Saffron Gallery of Art Timaru
McAtamney Gallery Geraldine
Wanaka Fine Art Wanaka
Gallery de Novo Dunedin
Central Galleries, Queenstown

Philip can also be contacted for commisions and enquiries regarding his latest work.


1959 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand
1978 - 81 Auckland University - studying architecture
Canterbury University - studying commerce
1983 - 89 lived in the MacKenzie Country working seasonally at Ohau Ski Area, watercolour painting and screenprinting with the mountainous environment for inspiration
1992 travelled and painted in Canada, USA, South America, France and Spain
1993 started working with acrylic and oils and exhibiting in group shows – joined regular life drawing group and set up studio
1995 etching course at Christchurch Polytech and developed skills in monotype and drypoint
1996 painting trip to England, France, Switzerland
1998 first solo exhibition
1999 Painting trip to France and Italy
2006 Painting trip to France and Italy
2001 – 14 annual exhibitions at Millwood Gallery (Wellington) and Little River Gallery (Banks Peninsula)
2014 Exhibition at Gallery de Novo, Dunedin
2015 Exhibition at Millwood Gallery, Wellington
2016 View Point at Little River Gallery

2018 Water & Light at Little River Gallery

Professional Recognition/Awards

1997 Merit Award – Malvern Community Art Society
Merit Award – Ashburton Society of Art
1999 Members' Choice Award – COCA Christchurch
2001 Premier Art Award – Ashburton Society of Art
2006 TrustPower Award – Ashburton Society of Art
2012MCAC Friends Award – Malvern Community Art Society