Clairmont, Philip

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Clairmont, Philip Gender: M
Philip Anthony Clairmont
born on 15 September 1949 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Nelson, New Zealand, 41s17, 173e17
Timezone NZT h12e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 21°41' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 13°20 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 20°45'


New Zealand painter.

He attended Nelson College from 1963 to 1966. He studied in Christchurch under Rudolf Gopas, graduating from the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1970. In 1973 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant, and by 1977 he was painting full time in his new home city of Auckland. Clairmont's work was informed by the works of Vincent van Gogh and Francis Bacon, and was also influenced by his close relationship with fellow artists Tony Fomison and Allen Maddox.

Clairmont's work is usually classed as expressionist or neo-expressionism, using strong colours and distorted forms, often with domestic interiors as subject matter. His early work tends to be focussed and detailed. During his final decade his work has a tendency to be looser and less intense.

Clairmont epitomised the stereotypical bohemian artist lifestyle, feeling that this form of life was necessary for him to regard himself as an authentic artist. Clairmont committed suicide in Auckland in 1984, at the age of 34.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Suicide 1984

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont" by Martin Edmond (1999), p. 107: "a neighbour drove Thelma to Nelson. It was a difficult, eight-hour labour, a forceps birth. At nine a.m. on 15 September, Philip was dragged out into the maelstrom of his parent's disintegrating marriage."


  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist