Philip Napier


Philip Napier was born in Belfast in 1965 and studied at Manchester Polytechnic, Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall and the University of Ulster where he was awarded an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Philip Napier has exhibited work internationally at venues including: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Santa Monica Museum, California; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. He represented Ireland at the XXII Sao Paulo Biennale (1994) and the UK at the inaugural Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (1995). A frequent artistic collaborator with Michael Hogg, under the working name of Carbon Design, Napier’s work explores issues of power and cultural identity, often incorporating movement and sound. Napier is Head of Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a founder of Flax Art Studios, Belfast and his work is included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.