Philippe was born in Peru to a French mother and an American father. However, he grew up in the States and received his Bachelors and Master of Fine Arts. Through his travels, he became immersed in different cultures, and the meaning of their associated iconography. His artwork involves bringing to light the multicultural generation that he is a part of, and is interested in varying textures and patterns as well as creating new forms by deconstructing others.
Philippe has worked as a graphic designer in Chongqing, China as well as an ESL instructor and training specialist. More recently he was a gallery director for Park West Gallery and ran the art enrichment program. His artwork has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and in various juried exhibitions. Philippe currently teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Rhode Island School of Design, and has publications for the Georgia Historical Society and Textile Society of America.
The texture is the perceived surface quality of an object and is distinguished by its visual and physical properties. The use of texture and pattern can convey a variety of messages and emotions. The physical texture is the pattern of variations upon a solid surface that can be felt by touching the surface. Specific use of a texture can affect the smoothness that an object conveys. Visual texture or implied texture is the illusion of having physical texture. The use of both can be utilized to create a sense of personality, emphasis, rhythm, contrast, and various emotions.
My work explores bringing to light the everyday textures and patterns that we take for granted. I investigate this concept through the use of photography to grab attention to these systems of the world around us. By using photo collages to allure and a form of transformation I also investigate themes of organic vs. inorganic, and nature vs. society through texture.