Philip Muñoz
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My work is concerned with the notion of glamour and its role in social identity.
I am particularly interested in the idea of beauty through transformation and the concept of the contemporary sublime.

Digital photography is an essential tool in my work. It creates an emotional platform to connect with the subject, whilst the staging and the artificiality of
a photo shoot serve to enhance the visual language of the imagery and the subsequent portrait.

I am a self-taught painter having graduated in a degree in biochemistry at the university of Bristol. I have been a resident of Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol since 2006.

In the last year or so, my work has increasingly focused on creating portraits and figures immersed in the "urban" context. Whether a close up examination of the glamorous and modified, adorned with tattoos and piercings or a figure caught in a fleeting moment of city life.

I am drawn to the vibrant and youthful, care-free characters I see everyday outside the doors of my studio. I am lucky to reside in a beautifully eclectic area of Bristol city where fashion and identity are of foremost importance, and provide constant inspiration and fuel my desire to paint.

In my most recent work I continue to explore the use of paint, mark-making and surface texture within the framework of my hyperrealist technique.



Selected Exhibitions


2016

‘Winter Show’ Albemarle Gallery

Solo Show, Heuberg 24, Basel

‘Philip Munoz, Erik Nieminen’ Albemarle Gallery


2015

‘Grand Summer Exhibition’ Albemarle Gallery

‘Realism 2015’ Albemarle Gallery


2014

’Spring Collective’ Albemarle Gallery

‘Contemporary Realism’ Albemarle Gallery

RWA Autumn 162nd Exhibition, Bristol 


2013

‘Figurative Collective’ Albemarle Gallery

‘Albemarle Collective’ Albemarle Gallery

‘Philip Munoz, Neil Douglas, Ron Bolt’ Albemarle Gallery


2012

Bath Society of Artists 107th Exhibition, Bath

Holbourne Portrait Prize, Bath.

‘Philip Munoz, Neil Douglas, Nathan Walsh’ Art Moorhouse, London.

‘Albemarle Collective’ Albemarle Gallery.


2011

‘What kind of ‘real’?’ Albemarle Gallery.

’Summer Collection’ Albemarle Gallery.


2010

Group Shows, Plusone Gallery

Jamaica Street Artists Group Show, RWA Bristol.

RWA 158th Autumn Exhibition, Bristol.

Holbourne Portrait prize, Bath (Online Peoples Prize winner)


2009

Group Shows, Plusone Gallery


2008

Holbourne Portrait Prize, Bath