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Philip Sugden

Findlay, OH, United States

Philip Sugden studied in Paris under French master, Arnaud D'Hauterives (winner Grand Prix de Rome). Since graduation from the New York School of Visual Arts and the Paris American Academie des Beaux Arts, Sugden has made twelve journeys throughout the Himalaya and Tibet creating drawings on location that would act as preliminary studies for his larger studio work. In 1990, he and his wife, Carole Elchert, were awarded grants from the Ohio Joint Projects in the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, to create a PBS presentation and companion book (Snow Lion Publications) based on their 1988 Cultural Arts Expedition to Tibet. They were guests of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and completed the project entitled, White Lotus, An Introduction to Tibetan Culture. In 1991, the Dalai Lama was their guest for two days in their Findlay, Ohio home. Sugden’s work, influenced by his experiences in Asia and described as “conceptual-realism,” has been exhibited in more than 90 solo and 130 group exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington DC, Melbourne, and Kathmandu. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Chairperson of the Art Department at Bluffton University and spends the majority of his time in his Findlay studio. Philip’s drawings have been published in a full-color exhibit catalog entitled, Visions from the Fields of Merit; Drawings of Tibet and the Himalayas. The book includes a Forward by the His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The art work can be seen on his professional website at; The most recent series of works on his website are entitled, “Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God.”

Philip's ArtPrize Entries

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    War Mandala

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Philip Sugden
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    Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Philip Sugden
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Philip's Past Work

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