Philip Melvin





Phillip Melvin was a sculptor born in Lamanche, Newfoundland in 1938, and active in Toronto and Vancouver. Philip Melvin worked principally with ‘as found’ materials. Construction sites were a likely source of wood panels for his low relief carvings and paintings. Often in trouble with the law; he spent time in prison and rehabilitation centres. He was often ‘on the street’ and would trade his work for food and drink. His art reflected people in society and on the news. Religion and politics were favourite subjects as was human foolishness. His pallet was ‘as found’ primary colours and his sense of humour was sharp and biting. His work is collected extensively in museum and private collections.

Lyle Elder Folk Art, 2024

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