‘About’, briefly

L’Artiste Malgré Lui

(‘An Artist Despite Himself’)

Notable Dates

Born 1952 Lived in the Middle East (his father was a diplomat) until the age of eight.

1964-1969 Educated at Downside School, Bath, England.

1970-1973 London University (B.A. Hons Degree in French)

1972 Finalist in 15th International Amateur Art Exhibition, London.

1973 Finalist in 16th International Amateur Art Exhibition, London.

1974 One-Man Show at Galerie Art Yomiuri, Paris.

Begins work as a full-time independent artist.

1974-1976 Exhibiting with Galerie Art Yomiuri, Paris

1976 Exhibited at the Salon de Comparaisons, Paris

1978-1980 Travel to Saudi Arabia. Begin working as a professional artist in Saudi Arabia.

Exhibition at Riyadh Palace Hotel

1980 Three-month trip to the deserts and mountains of SW Region of Saudi Arabia, as artist, accompanying an archaeological survey team (from University of Springfield, Missouri)

1981 Marries Belinda Pace.

1982 One-man show at Margaret Fisher Gallery, London.

1984 Exhibition of Bouchard's 'orientalist' paintings at the Patrick Seale Gallery, London.

Became Founding Member/Director of the Design and Artists Copyright Society: 'DACS'. (Bouchard was one of a small group of seven artists who were Founding Directors of DACS).

1985 Exhibited at the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris.

'From Surrealism to Orientalism', book of paintings by Philip Bouchard, Published by Immel Publishing, London, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Information, Saudi Arabia.

1988 Birth of a daughter, Harriet. Harriet is now a portrait painter (www.harrietdahanbouchard.co.uk)

1990 In the 1990's he showed exclusively with Whitford and Hughes (1991, 1992).

1990 Exhibited at International Contemporary Art Fair, London Exhibited at British Art Fair, London

1991 International Contemporary Art Fair, London British Art Fair, London

1991 onwards Beginning to work exclusively for private clients.

1992 Eight of his surreal paintings were used by Liberty’s of Regent Street for their display windows

1995 Painting 'Le Lac Enchante' published by PGM Artworks ('Poster Gallery Munich') Two-month expedition to southern Oman (as official artist accompanying a team of archaeologists on a project involving Sir Ranulph Fiennes)

1996 Travel to Bath with family to take up appointment as Artist-in-Residence at Downside School. Joins the Society for Art of the Imagination

1997-1998 Paints 'The Open Debate'

1999-2001 Paints 'The Millennium Triptych'

2003 'The Open Debate' selected as finalist/runner up in the Daily Mail 'Not The Turner Prize' at the Mall Galleries, London.

2003 Exhibition of Philip’s paintings of Saudi Arabia at Downside School opened by HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2005 One-man show (the ‘Surreal Spaces’ Exhibition) at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. 2008 'The Open Debate' exhibited at Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster

2009 Exhibited at Art Fair in Dubai with Whitford Fine Art. Exhibition of his paintings at the Saudi Embassy, London, on the occasion of their National Day Celebrations.

2009 One-man show at Whitford Fine Arts, London.

2009 One-man show (‘Art and Illusion’ Exhibition) at the Cheltenham Art Gallery.

2009 End of December: begin work on the Bath Sky Diary, spending five months painting a new sky each day.

2010 Exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Society for Art of the Imagination, London.

2010 (October 2010 to October 2011) Much of this period was spent producing illustrations for a major archaeological project at the Museum of Frankincense in Salalah, Oman, where he worked exclusively for the Office of the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs.

2012 One-man show (‘Bath Sky Diary’) at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

2013 Joint exhibition at the Guildhall in Bristol with his daughter, Harriet, now a portrait painter, who has returned from training at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.

2014 April and November 2014 Joint exhibitions with Harriet at 508 Kings Road Chelsea Gallery.

2016 January and February Exhibition at The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath: ‘52 Views of Bath’.

2016 His ‘Orientalist’ paintings go on display at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce in London.