Philip Nicol was born in Caerphilly in 1953. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art between 1972 and 1976. He lives and works in Cardiff. He has won a number of awards and prizes, including first prize in the University of Glamorgan Painting Competition Prize in 1998 and the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of 2002. Philip has exhibited both nationally and internationally in both group and solo shows. Over the last decade he has shown his paintings in Australia, China, Berlin, San Francisco, Richmond Virginia, Gstaad, Brussels and Czechoslovakia. His work is in numerous private collections as well as, amongst others, the following public bodies: The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, The National Assembly of Wales, The National Museum of Wales (Derek Williams Trust Purchase), The Southern Arts Collection, Cardiff County Council, Glyn Vivian Museum, Swansea, the Slovak National Museum, Czechoslovakia, the University of Glamorgan and Leeds College of Art & Design.
His most recent paintings are of flowers brought in from allotment hedges in which he responds to both the weight and physicality of the flowers as well as their colour and fragility. "These modest arrangements (the posy’s) combine to make volumetric sculptural mass, just as its internal components strive (through strength of colour), to separate and become individual. I am concerned in specifying the distance between object and viewer. The newspapers, crossword puzzles and tea towels gives some grit to the overall feel of the works”