Philip McCulloch-Downs

 

How I am donating to Viva!

I will donate 20% of every sale of a commissioned portrait to Viva!. The client is kindly requested to mention that they wish to support Viva! in their email when they contact me via philip@viva.org.uk or calling 0117 944 1000. Once I receive payment, I will in turn make the corresponding donation to Viva!


About me

I was born in 1970 in Malvern, Worcestershire, and by the age of four I was constantly drawing and painting - mostly pictures of dinosaurs and spaceships. I had a brief period during primary school of wanting to be either a dustbin man or a magician, but by the time I was eighteen it seemed that my direction in life (however ill-advised) was clear. I moved on from dinosaurs and magic tricks, gained a degree in illustration at Leicester Polytechnic in 1992, moved out of the city to Somerset and changed my lifestyle from vegetarian to vegan. I’ve spent the intervening years refining and exploring my chosen craft by learning how to process the experiences of everyday life through my Art. As is the case with most people’s lives, my time here has been filled with an eclectic mixture of success, failure, love, loss, confusion, clarity and cakes.

All the inspiration that has surrounded me from wildlife, the theatre, the cinema, trips abroad, music, history and human behaviour has ended up on paper and canvas, forming a visual diary of my life - which has now overflowed into poetry and novels too. Behind each picture is a story, expressed and shared for all to see. My work is highly personal, steadily evolving, and I’ve no idea what will happen next.

Maybe more dinosaurs.

Or spaceships.

NB: My artwork is spread far and wide, as well as hanging in my studio. If you’re interested in a particular piece (a print or original) please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Commissions taken (and compliments too).

Contact me at philip@viva.org.uk

A full list of my work which is available to purchase through the Viva! Art for Animals scheme:

 A pig in clover… full size

The Pig Project 6 - A pig in clover…

This final painting in the Pig Project series will be auctioned to raise funds for Viva! later this year.
 
(Acrylic paint on canvas, image size measuring 40cms x 50cms unframed)

 

The 6th and final piece in ‘The Pig Project’ by Philip McCulloch-Downs.

 
The Consumer creates the demand.
 
The demand justifies the Industry.
 
The Industry feeds the Consumer.
 
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THE PIG PROJECT - No kind of life

THE PIG PROJECT 5 - No kind of life

On UK farms 80% of British piglets suffer 2 major mutilations before they are 7 weeks old - teeth clipping and tail docking.
Both can cause chronic pain and can carry risk of infection.
 
Almost all are performed without anaesthetic.
 
They are weaned unnaturally early at only 3 – 4 weeks old, requiring a daily regime of drugs to keep them alive, causing psychological trauma to both mother and piglets.
 
Alive, breathing, thinking, feeling.
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Motherhood 1

THE PIG PROJECT IIII - Motherhood

There are 350, 000 sows in Britain.
900 for every large-scale factory farm.

During pregnancy 70% of these sows will be imprisoned in a farrowing crate for up to 5 weeks.
This highly unnatural environment can lead to abnormal behaviour, indicating prolonged stress and even madness.

In the wild they would build nests for their babies out of twigs and leaves.
In Pig Farms they produce around 6 litters before being slaughtered at 4 years old.

THIS is the true face of Motherhood in a Factory Farm.
Unnatural.
Degrading.
Inhumane.

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THE PIG PROJECT III - CAGED

The third painting in the 'Pig Project' series for Viva! inspired by their investigations of UK pig farms 2015/2016. 

The 'Five Freedoms' of the UK Animal Welfare Council state that an animal's needs include: 

(1) A suitable diet 
(2) the ability to exhibit normal behavior patterns 
(3) any need he or she has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals 
(4) protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease 
(5) a suitable environment (how he or she is housed) 

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THE PIG PROJECT II - Best of British

The second set of paintings in 'The Pig Project', created for Viva! as part of their latest campaign (www.viva.org.uk/faceoff)

The images speak for themselves, because these disregarded and abused creatures cannot.

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THE PIG PROJECT I - The forgotten

The first of six paintings in 'The Pig Project', create for Viva! as part of their latest campaign (www.viva.org.uk/faceoff)

The images speak for themselves, because these disregarded and abused creatures cannot.

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Christmas Owl

Christmas Owl

Designed as a decorative christmas card for sale on the Viva! webshop.
(Pen and ink on A4 paper)

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Animal Art 2014 -2015

Animal Art 2014 -2015

a short film of the complete collection of all Philip's Animal Rights artwork so far, with a moving and inspiring soundtrack taken from a speech made by Martin Luther King:
 

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One of us

One of us

(acrylic paint on A4 canvas board)
"For the animal shall not be measured by man... they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses ...."
― Henry Beston

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The Green Man

The Green Man (2002)

which celebrates the power and majesty of the spirit of nature (sold at auction for £1000 at the Viva! 20th Anniversary meal, September 2014). Available as a Fine Art print via the Viva! webshop.

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The Ghost Camera

The Ghost Camera

a larger A3 size painting which ties up the work of Jo-Anne McArthur (the AR photographer), the award-winning documentary about her work 'Ghosts in our machine', and the story 'The Ghost Camera' from Philip's novel 'All that remains'  (a collection of ethical fairytales for grown-ups ).

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cow

Everyday Animals' series

The 'Everyday Animals' series (six paintings) which simply celebrate the beauty of the animals we may take for granted. 

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milk -  a short video of the complete set of six paintings from the 'Anti-Dairy Series'.

MILK

 a short video of the complete set of six paintings from the 'Anti-Dairy Series'.

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One in a million

One in a million

Two young calves in hay, surrounded by hundreds of ear tags which represent the two million calves born in UK farms annually.  Sold at auction at the Viva! fundraising Dinner December 2015 to the German Vegan Art Collection 'Animal Activism Art Collection' in Stuttgart.

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Production Line

Production Line

Focussing on the treatment of calves and how they simply become 'Milk  Machines' until they are worn out and slaughtered.
 

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Dumb Animals

Dumb Animals

a drawing in the style of AR Artist and Activist Sue Coe, representing a typical UK Cattle Market.
Graphite pencil on A4 size paper. 
 

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Happy Cows

Happy Cows

A juxtaposition of two cows trapped behind bars with the smiling image of a cartoon cow in the background, representing the way the advertising industry sells dairy products to an ignorant public. 

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Life Sentence

Life Sentence: The hidden faces of dairy

Cattle imprisoned behind a maze of bars.  Sold at auction in September 2015 to The Sheppard Collection (http://sheppardcollection.org.uk/about/
 

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See how they grow

Human babies as Holstein calves, with ear tags, sat in hay awaiting their fate. A print of this piece is to be given as a prize at the VeggieWorld Paris Expo, April 2016.
Acrylic on A4 size canvas board. 

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Deceit of Lapwings

40x30cm
(acrylic on canvas)

Price: Offers above £1000 considered.

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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

40x30cm
(acrylic on canvas)

Price: Offers above £1000 considered.

Artist: Philip McCulloch-Downs

Donation to Viva!: 20%

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The Green Man

The Green Man (2002)

40x50cm
(acrylic on canvas)

Price: Offers above £1000 considered.

Artist: Philip McCulloch-Downs

Donation to Viva!: 20%

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Last and First Men

Last and First Men

29x41cm
(acrylic on paper)

Price: Offers above £1000 considered.

Artist: Philip McCulloch-Downs

Donation to Viva!: 20%

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Beautiful but stupid

Beautiful, but stupid

29x41cm
(acrylic on paper)

Price: Offers above £1000 considered.

Artist: Philip McCulloch-Downs

Donation to Viva!: 20%

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Eversong

Eversong 1-7

1, 2, 5, 6, 7 - 20x20cm
3, 4 - 20x26cm
(acrylic on canvas)

Price: Offers above £500 (per painting) considered.

Artist: Philip McCulloch-Downs

Donation to Viva!: 20%

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