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Philip Bannister

Philip Bannister - International watercolour illustrator • Yorkshire

Pershore, Worcestershire, UK
The Worcestershire-based artist Philip Bannister paints his vivid watercolors in an immediate and instinctive style, which has helped him become one of the UK’s leaders in portraiture and architectural illustration. However, his vast experience in the field makes him a strong choice for nature, lifestyle, leisure and travel projects as well.
Born in Yorkshire, Philip grew up among the county’s heavy industries on the one hand, and its breath-taking natural beauty on the other. The silent moors, dales and fells, with their contrasting shades, inspired his boyhood drawings of 19th century battles. Even today, a strong interplay between light and shadow features in his watercolor illustrations. After studying at the Batley College of Art, Philip worked in education, advertising and design before becoming a full-time artist in the 1980s, honing his style ever since. His inspiration comes from history, music, ghosts, poetry, the night sky, and more…

Approach

Philip works in watercolors, his wet brush hovering over the paper as he paints quickly, with spontaneity and joy.

Style

Philip has a distinctive watercolor style, but loves experimenting with the medium. Often working in monotones, he’s able to accentuate the contrast in his imagery while at the same time drawing out crucial details.

Client list

Some of Philip’s clients include Daily Telegraph Magazine, Country Life, National Geographic, Condé Nast, Hilton Hotels, Waitrose, Mary Portas, BBC Music and The Folio Society.
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John Lewis, Oxford Street - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Spitalfields illustration by Philip Bannister
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Architectural illustration - Crowd in the underground
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Theatre crowd illustration by Philip Bannister
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Portrait of old man with color
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Water colour painting of Ross and Demelza
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Artwork of people in the champagne bar
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Portrait of Kim Wilkie, Landscape Gardener
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G.F.Trumper, Jermyn Street - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Watercolor car show painting
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Woman walking away illustration
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Tango dancers illustration by Philip Bannister
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Architectural water colour painting of a Theatre interior
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Water colour portrait illustration of Nick Robinson
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Portrait illustration of Nik Kershaw
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Bright Fog
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Water colour art of Corinthian capital
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Florists shop in London - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Macaroons illustration
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Portrait artwork of Julia Donaldson
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Stone house in the woods illustration
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Water colour artwork of Pomegranates
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Illustration of Tate Britain
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Historical painting of woman in smoke
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Mid day door
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Dorothy Day portrait illustration
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Megan Rice portrait illustration
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Illustration of Harold Gillies by Philip Bannister
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Mountain Goulash illustration by Philip Bannister
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Water colour portrait of Stewart Copeland
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Portrait of Bryce Dessner illustration by Philip Bannister
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Traditional stew in an old cooking pot - Water colour artwork
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Black welsh mountain sheep art
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Britain's best architectural follies - Lord Berner's Folly
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Edwardian style house - Architectural water colour illustration
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Girl crossing London street - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Illustration of Charles Chilton by Philip Bannister
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The Ritz illustration by Philip Bannister
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Portrait of Carole Boyd
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Portrait of Alexandra Coghlan
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Illustration of Glenn Gould by Philip Bannister
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Young men in tourist mode - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Winchester College illustration by Philip Bannister
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Hancocks, Burlington Arcade - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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First worl war holdall - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Maximilliansplatz Munich illustration by Philip Bannister
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Men digging at skara brae - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Walking in Brooklyn - An illustration by Philip Bannister
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Line drawing of picking apples and  farming
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Borough market illustration by Philip Bannister
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