Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

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.

If you took a slice out of my mind you would find the flamboyance of Rufus Wainwright’s songs, the drama and joy of the Kneehigh theatre company, memories of my home on the Malvern hills, the passion of the Meninos de Morumbi drummers from Brazil, the pomposity of Peter Greenaway’s films, the eerie beauty of Antony and the Johnsons’ world, the preachings of Bill Hicks, the dark words of Samuel Beckett and the sheer childlike wonder of Royal De Luxe’s Giant Elephant and the Sultan's Little Girl...

All this inspiration 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