Phil Edwards explains that his research interests are only partly circumscribed by his formal studies. During his Masters he researched the possibility of an innate aesthetic that manifested itself in the casual assemblage of everyday objects. His PhD studies concerned themselves with an examination of the positioning of audio CDs in a Fine Art culture. Both these formal studies overlapped in the sense that within each was an examination of hybridity as it is expressed in the overlap between art informale and Fine Art.
Phil’s research focus and interests are in six themes: Children’s art/ outsider art and its relationship to formal painting; Fake poetry and Fine Art; Alchemy as a sleight of hand; Music brut; Temporality and Compression in Hybrid art forms; and Painting – Abstraction – Landscape