Philip Vickers, Sculptor
Philip Vickers discovered his talent for sculpture late in life, but still created scores of great pieces of artwork, from sculpted portraits to commercial and museum works to Southwestern landscapes and heavy relief portraits, and finally finding yet a new outlet in abstract art.
His early portraits of British fighter ace, Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson; French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy; and theatrical producer Sir Barry Jackson, earned him an invitation to exhibit with the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors. Later, in Washington D.C., Vickers created heroic size figures, reliefs, and portraits for the Smithsonian, U.S. Air Force, and Canadian museums, architects and corporation. During his 20+ years in Sedona, Arizona, he produced a series of large Western heads, created a new art form – landscape sculpture (in which he captured Southwest scenes in vari-colored metals) – and finally moved to abstracts, forms derived from nature, both relief and free-standing. Over a thousand of Vickers’ artworks were bought by collectors during his years in Sedona.
Some commissions by Philip Vickers:
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
- U.S. Air Force Museum
- U.S. Navy Test Pilot School
- U.S. Department of Defense
- The White House
- National Geographic Society
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- The Marriott Corporation
- Canadian War Museum
Philip Vickers also originated the MATRIX™METALS casting process which he used exclusively in his sculpture for over twenty years. The basic process employs a metal, such as bronze, combined with another material and poured into a mold. The result is a metal cast indistinguishable from foundry bronze in appearance, but far less expensive and much lighter in weight – ideally suited for wall relief sculpture. He further extended the color range with the use of copper, brass, nickel-silver and iron, then created completely new metal shades such as pink, orange, green and mauve through the blending of several metals and the use of pigments and dyes.