Terminally Ill Artist Holds Farewell Exhibition – This Is Somerset

Terminally ill artist Philip Ledbury, special project manager at Framptons, is holding his farewell art exhibition in April.

The exhibition is called Life: Our Most Precious Gift, and features more than 30 paintings by Philip, aged 59, as well as pieces of his installation art.

Philip, who lives in Frome, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, and since then he has expressed his thoughts on life through his art.

He has already had several successful exhibitions, and a portrait of him, painted by artist David Fisher, won the Bath Holburne Portrait Prize in 2008.

Philip said: “Since being diagnosed with terminal cancer I have realised how precious life is, and I hope that this is reflected in the work on display at the exhibition.

“I would also like it to be a celebration of my life.

“I started painting in the early 1990s, everything I painted I gave to family and friends.

“As painting is therapeutic and involves using little energy I paint with a vengeance and have painted close to 200 pictures since diagnosis.

“I believe that you can put whatever you want on to canvas, someone wanting to hang it on their wall judges you.

“I enjoy bright colours and love large canvases.

“I’m not afraid to experiment and always have a couple of projects in my head.”

Philip is a member of the Old Bakery Artists based in Radstock.

Philip is supported by Shepton Mallet-based sculptors Jeff Body and Chris Pilmore, as well as artists David Fisher, Alce Harefield, Jane Ledbury and Pip Gilham, to name but a few.

The exhibition takes place at Rook Lane Arts in Frome from Thursday, April 9 to Saturday, April 25.