Philip Nelson 

hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson


Born in 1966 in North Wales where he still lives, Philip Nelson showed an interest and aptitude for carving at an early age. When he was seven years old he presented an appreciative head teacher with an owl he had carved from a piece of wood. He trained as a cabinet maker but after being introduced to the art of the decoy by the late Bob Ridges he decided to concentrate on bird carving. In 1987, some of his early work won the admiration of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. 

His work is on display at the Nature in Art museum at Twigworth, Gloucester where his is the only example of decorative decoy carving accepted for exhibition.

hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson


He has shown his work at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Sculpture in Norfolk where he has won two Best in Show awards. He has been awarded four Best in Show awards at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art held annually in the north west of England.


His work has been part of the Best of the Best Exhibition at the Art in Action event held in Oxford and has been shortlisted for the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and held every year at the Mall Galleries, London.



Courting Smew
acrylic on wood

hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson


In 2012, Nature in Art showed a 25 year retrospective of his work entitled 'I carved until I set it free'.


Recently, Philip has concentrated more on the art of the miniature bird and in 2013 was awarded The Gold Memorial Bowl for the best exhibit, a Mallard Drake, at the Royal Miniature Society show. The event is held annually at the Mall Galleries, London.


Mandarin
acrylic on wood

hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson
Shoveler pair
acrylic on wood
hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson

Smew pair

acrylic on wood

hilliard society of miniaturists - fine art in miniature. miniature artist philip nelson

Alert Smew

acrylic on wood

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