I do not believe that art needs to shock us or reflect back at us all the negativity and horrors in the world today. We are blasted with this by most forms of media way too regularly.
I believe that art should enhance our lives and our environment by adding an aspect of beauty. I hope that my sculptures and all the works that I create will bring a small amount of pleasure or even joy in some way to any one who may view them. I do not tell you what to think when you see my work - I just hope that you think something. I believe that each viewer will see something different in a sculpture and even representational works are open to each individual's personal interpretation.
I hope you enjoy my work and find some pleasure in viewing or owning .
Phil Parkes, stonecarver, sculptor and metalsmith, captures the simple and playful essence of nature in his work. In his Studio he continuously develops and refines his enchanting designs – from abstract carvings in marble to figurative works in stone and bronze. Born and raised in New Zealand, Phil’s inspiration lies in his up bringing, his lifelong love of nature and his passion for travel.
Phil’s first home planted the seeds for his later creativity. New Zealand remains a place of stunning natural beauty where the mountains, sky and ocean combine to form a beautiful tapestry. Indeed, Phil chooses to depict subjects both familiar and ...