A New Zealand neo-expressionist painter born in 1949, in Nelson, Philip Clairmont studied at the Canterbury School of Art. In 1973 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant, and by 1977 had moved to Auckland and was painting full-time. He became known as an expressionist or neo-expressionist creating large paintings on coarse hessian canvas, his subjects often being of a domestic nature, but abstracted into frightening images.
Philip Clairmont is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1989 of 558, of which 381 (68%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $298,453 for Scarred Couch II sold by Art+Object in June 2018. This year 38 works have been offered for sale. Works by Philip Clairmont are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).
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