Philip Holley

Philip Holley

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Tattooist inspired by nature

Bournemouth Artist Philip Holley was born in the sleepy English town of Chipping Sodbury at a time when Frank Sinatra sang of Strangers in the Night while his daughter Nancy preferred boots that were made for walking!! The middle of three children, Philip’s early years were spent scrabbling around in the garden watching the wildlife that lived there.

This passion for flora and fauna continued to ‘blossom’ the older he became and drawing what he loved seemed to become second nature. At school Philip excelled at art, though did not pursue this as a formal qualification. Philip had no formal art training, but preferred to teach himself through reading, watching others or simple perseverance.

Not believing Art would be plausible career move Philip took up Gardening, ( his second passion) on a professional level deep in the Cotswold’s on a large private estate where he was still at one with the wildlife that surrounded him everyday which only served to inspire him further with his wildlife illustration.

Philip was constantly on the lookout for new methods or techniques to develop his artistic ability. This took a surprising twist and led him into tattooing. Again, Philip taught himself how to tattoo and soon earned a reputation locally for his unique style of ‘tribal’ tattoo’s. He opened a successful tattoo studio and had customers travelling from all over the UK & France to sample his work.

Philip moved to Australia in July 2006 when his partner was relocated by his employer. The time seemed right for Philip to leave the tattoo business behind and focus on more conventional art forms. Philip Has since been to college for two years studying floristry & now has two higher diplomas in floristry at distinction level & is currently running his own floristry business ‘Willow Floristry’. If you wish to see Philip’s floristry work please visit, & please ‘like’ his facebook page. Thank you.

  • Age: 49
  • Joined: November 2008


Changeable Art Space

Changeable Art Space / Upcoming Exhibition: Uno Momento / Saturday, September 10th, 10am-3pm. / This month Changeable Art Space presents realistic portrayals of / human sensitivities by a gifted tattoo artist, photography from city / streets and underground jazz clubs, bold imaginative acrylic works / and light pastel landscapes. / This elaborate body of work from 6 artists echoes a diverse…
Posted almost 7 years – 1 comments

Featured Artist of 'Painted Birds"

Hello Everyone. / I’m going to use this journal opportunity to thank EVERYONE in the painted birds group for all of Your fantastic comments on My work, You’ve all been instrumental in giving Me a whole new confidence in what I do, I have never experienced so much care and support from a community of awesome fellow artists and I also would like to send out the BIGGEST thank You to Our…
Posted over 7 years – 6 comments

Big thanks to Steve McLaren.......revised

Big big thank You goes out to Steve McLaren of “Sydney’s Guide to Exhibitions” for selling two pieces of My art at Springwood, that’s now eight sales …………..Thank You Steve, You’re a wondeful Man!!!!!
Posted over 7 years – 9 comments

Five sales! Thank You Tina

Five sales this month, thank You to Tina for liking My work and for spending money on it. xxx
Posted over 7 years – 2 comments
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