April 19, 2018
  • Screen Arts

Philip Morgan Painter, Photographer, Digital Artist, Graphic Designer (Noosa Heads, QLD)

Born 1946 in Hull, England, Philip emigrated to New Zealand at age of 6 and was educated in Christchurch and Napier. His first love of photography started at age 12 when he found a Kodak Box Brownie on a rubbish dump. Restoring the camera to working condition, Philip started teaching himself developing and printing, in a wardrobe in his bedroom and washing the prints in the bath.

After leaving school he went on to Teachers’ Training College at Ardmore near Auckland. He held his first exhibition of photography at college. Unfortunately his studies were neglected for photography, so he was expelled.

He then joined TVNZ as a trainee cameraman and went on to directing. After working for TVNZ he joined NZ Aerial Mapping in Hastings as a trainee photographer, and it was here that he developed (pardon the pun) his love of black and white photography. He became one the best b & w printers ever.

In 1967 Philip migrated to Australia and joined the ABC in Melbourne, going on to become a director of “This Day Tonight”. He returned to NZ in 1969 and joined Inglis Wright Advertising in Wellington as a TV Producer.

In 1970 he was asked to join George Patterson Advertising in Melbourne as a TV writer / director, when he wrote and directed many award winning commercials. After 30 months with Patts, he decided that it was about time to go freelance, so set up his first photographic studio at home in Elsternwick, Melbourne. He teamed up with Les Mason Design working on Epicurean magazine, and had a joint exhibition in 1974.

Late 1974 Philip left for South Africa, where he set up a design and photographic studio in Johannesburg. In 1975, he left South Africa for England where he worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer for such clients as British Airways, Travellers Design, British Tourist Authority etc. He also held a small exhibition of photography in Little Bond Street, London.

In 1977, he returned to NZ and worked for 2 years as a photographer / designer for Charles Haines Advertising (now FCB). 1979 he started his own studio again in Auckland specialising in food and travel photography, and graphic design for the tourism industry. In 1982 he won first prize in a Kodak International Photographic Competition for commercial photographers.


In 1984 he started to investigate computer graphics and eventually started “The Mouse That Roared” – the first computer animation facility in Australasia. He went on to produce many memorable and award winning commercials including the Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” video clip.

1987 he sold out The Mouse That Roared and returned to his true loves of photography and design. He also started painting at this time. In 1997, he and his family moved to Noosa, Queensland where he set up a small advertising and graphic design agency, and started painting more seriously 5 years ago.

“My love of colour and texture is the motivation behind many of my paintings. Whether they are abstract, landscape, nudes, or something just for fun. I now live in Noosa, where I run a small graphic design & photosgraphy studio, and paint to keep sane. I live with my wife (Glenda) , dog (Angus) and cat (Panther). “

“I just love great graphic design, photography and art. When I can combine 2 or more of them I am really happy and at my most creative.”

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