Laura Phillips

It is quite possible that after eating my first mud pie at the age of 7 with the girl down the road, my clay story became inevitable.

From the age of three, my father taught me copperplate writing and we also made plaster of paris sculptures which were painted in bright colours.

Familiarity with the handmade was a feature of my childhood. In my twenties, I built my first gas-fired kiln for raku pottery in Canberra. This led to three years study at the then Canberra School of Art from 1974-76.

Returning to live in Brisbane in 1986, painting was taken up fulltime and initially I was known for painting still life pieces mostly of flowers. My work changed markedly after moving to Toogoolawah in 1996 with an emphasis on environmental themes.

Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips




2017 Transits Aspire Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
2014 Pensées Hanasho, Brisbane, Qld
2013 Spirit of Place Boonah Regional Art Gallery, Boonah, Qld
2013 Nature Ramble Percolator Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
2012 Nature Ramble Strathnairn Art Centre, Canberra, ACT
2010 Long Gaze Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, Qld
2008 Recently Gallery 419, Brisbane, Qld
2008 CBD Ellen Quinn Gallery, Ipswich, Qld


2019 Finalist, Taste of Art, Noosa Regional Gallery
2018 Kenilworth Art Prize FIRST PRIZE
2018 Royal Qld Art Society Abstract exhibition FIRST PRIZE
2017 Goondiwindi Aspects Art Show, Fox & Thomas ACQUISITION PRIZE
2017 Works on Paper, Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards, Esk, Qld FIRST PRIZE
2017 Siliceous Ceramic Art Award COMMENDED
2017 Sandgate Easter Art Show, Qld, 2D Open FIRST PRIZE
2016 Sandgate Expressions Art Festival, Qld, Wheel thrown ceramics FIRST PRIZE
2016 Nundah Village Art Festival, Qld PACKERS’ PRIZE
2016 Nundah Village Art Festival, Qld, Still Life FIRST PRIZE
2016 Dimensions Nudgee College Art Festival, Qld, 2D Open FIRST PRIZE
2016 Royal Qld Art Society Abstract exhibition PEOPLE’S CHOICE
2016 Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld PACKERS’ PRIZE


2015 Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize, Sydney, NSW FINALIST
2015 Sandgate Expressions Art Festival, Qld, wheel thrown ceramics FIRST PRIZE
2015 Black Snake Creek Art Festival, Marburg, Qld, Environmental FIRST PRIZE
2015 Kenilworth Art Prize, Qld, Contemporary Category FIRST PRIZE
2015 Dimensions Nudgee College Art Show, Qld HIGHLY COMMENDED
2015 17th International Chawan Expo, Hemiksem, Belgium
2015 Master Expo, Message from Clay, Vichte, Belgium
2015 Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld HIGHLY COMMENDED
2014 Kenilworth Painting Prize, Qld FINALIST
2014 Ignition Ceramic Awards, Sunshine Coast, Qld FINALIST
2014 Scope Galleries (Art Concerning Environment), Warrnambool, Vic FINALIST
2014 Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane, Qld ` FINALIST
2014 Blue Water Festival, Sandgate, Qld, 3D HIGHLY COMMENDED
2013 Brisbane Valley Art Awards, Moore, Qld, Abstract FIRST PRIZE
2012 Stanthorpe Art Gallery Art Awards, Qld FINALIST
2012 Kenilworth LGI Art Trophy, Qld CONTEMPORARY PRIZE
2011 Ipswich Art Awards, Qld, Bev & Peter Preston PACKERS’ PRIZE
2011 Lockyer Valley Regional Art Awards, Qld CHAMPION OF SHOW
2011 Lockyer Valley Regional Art Awards, Qld, Animal Section FIRST PRIZE
2010 Ipswich Art Awards, Qld, Urban Landscape FIRST PRIZE

Artist Information

Name: Laura Phillips
State: Queensland