Philip McMullen
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Coloured pencil. c.6x6"
Aug 8

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Art Criticism, Art History, Drawing, Painting, Theology
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I am a pastor of a small, local, evangelical church in the UK. My work is increasingly expressionistic with a deliberate engagement with theology.
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None. Not yet. Maybe never. I might leave behind sheaths of paper with marks of them that someone has to destroy. Not such a bad thing really. But some might take a delight in them. I press on.

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The Glory of Defeat in Abstract Expressionism

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Modern painting reached its highest point with Jackson Pollock. Maybe Marc Rothko if you would prefer. Anyway, the American Abstract Expressionist Painters of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s brought the modernist project to its logical conclusion.


What was that project? And what was the motivation for it? Well there are generally two answers. The first is found in the writings of Clement Greenberg. He argued that each art form should work within the essential vales of its…


POPism. The postscript.

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 2:33pm 2 Comments

As postscripts go it isn't long; it comes in at just one and a half pages.


It tells of Andrea Feldman who left notes saying she was “heading for the Big Time”. To do this she jumped out of a fourteenth floor window clutching a Bible and a crucifix. Andrea was just one of the kids that Andy says were so special to him and his circle of friends. Her suicide is described just after Edie Sedgwick’s death, which was put down to ‘acute barbital intoxication’.





Posted on February 25, 2015 at 3:30am 3 Comments

Propitiation by blood. Not a popular doctrine even among Christians. Jesus' cross as a bloody sacrifice to turn away from us the wrath of the Father. He took it unto himself upon the tree, cursed in our place. This work does the event no justice. Yet silence is no answer. Praise Him.…



Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:34am 0 Comments

This image came about through pondering the Katyn massacre. Stalin's order of March 1940 to execute by shooting some 25,700 Poles, including those found at the three sites, was also disclosed with the collapse of Soviet Power. This particular second world war slaughter of Poles is often referred to as the "Katyn…


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At 9:38pm on December 5, 2018, Norbert Masal said…

Thank you Philip for the warm welcome, much appreciated. It will take some time until I'll be settled in in this space. Blessings

At 7:12pm on February 2, 2017, Julie Marie Quinn said…

thank you so much for the warm welcome....(-:

At 2:02pm on October 11, 2016, Kristy Bentley said…

Thank you for the welcome Philip! Yes - I've had my head in this computer all day on a project... need to get my site up to date asap after that. coffee coffee coffee ha ha =)  This is the first time in all these years that I have the open door to move out in this. I'm very excited about whatever it is that God is doing =) I'll post asap =)

At 9:19pm on October 4, 2016, Shannon Mayernik said…
Thank you Philip for your encouraging welcome! I quite enjoyed looking through your work!
At 12:56pm on August 2, 2016, Susangeline Patrick said…

Thank you, Philip! Very kind of you!

At 7:44am on May 19, 2015, Philip Painter said…

Thanks, Philip. I think your pencil drawings are really strong.

At 10:20pm on October 16, 2014, April Elizabeth Lehman said…

I think it was providential that we joined at almost the same time. Not only did I greatly enjoy your work and website, when I saw you live in Wales I beamed from the inside out. My husband and I have been blessed to visit Wales 4 times. Our base has always been an old (ok what isn't?) working farmhouse in Bala  run by Joan Best. Her husband passed away after our second visit. It has been far too long since we've been back, so I'm not even sure Joan is still running the B&B. She always directed us to the most interesting places and people. One visit we had the pleasure of meeting Kyffin Williams at his home on Angelsey Is. before he died. He gave me a wonderful print. We would always worship with the small evangelical church in town and had great fellowship in the afternoon with the pastor's family.

Two years ago and then again this past April we spent a week in Gardenstown, Scotland where I paint at an artist's retreat run by Brian Angus. It is a large studio for up to 8 with huge windows facing the North Sea. I am always overwhelmed by God's graciousness in allowing and providing for these nourishing times. 

We have just made a huge change in our lives and two months ago moved to be missionaries with New Tribes Missions at their headquarters in Florida. For the past 27 years of our marriage we have lived in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, (think cold winters, changing seasons, rocky shorelines of Lake Superior). After two years of learning about NTM, sharing and raising our funds I find myself in the humid heat of Fl, a place I would never choose to live. Ah, don't we serve a great God who is able to work through us if we release our stubborn ways. This doesn't mean I even like FL, but I fully (or want to) trust the work He has for us here. Jerry, my husband is the creative director for the communications team here. He is very excited to be putting his design skills to use for such a fervent mission as NTM has of reaching tribal people who would otherwise never hear the gospel. The biggest goal is to have a mature church established by the teaching and translation of God's word in their heart language led by the natives themselves. This often takes 10 to 12 years.

We have three blessings: Lydia,18, Mahalia,14, and Henry, 9, who seem to be fairing the heat better than I and have transitioned well. They all create art that we delight in. They have always been homeschooled so we get to make and see lots of art.

As Iv'e been in the UK I have been opened to so many "new" artists: Kate Downie, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, and so many others. I love to study other artists and use the internet mostly for ordering inner loan library requests or to buy a coveted book for my own art library!

It was said of Joan Eardley "..she would one day quicken a sheet of paper with meaningful linear vitality." I should one day take that as the highest compliment if it would be said of me.

A closing thought from AW Tozer: "We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both."

Blessings on your ministry and art.



At 4:34pm on October 14, 2014, April Elizabeth Lehman said…

Hello Philip! Thanks for the welcome and kind, on track comments - we newbies need to stick together. Drawing is my "first love" regarding art, therefore,  I'm taking delight in the loose, fluid marks you've put on paper. Continue to press on! 

At 7:13pm on October 13, 2014, Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella said…

Thanks so much, Philip.  I'll look forward to the work you send.




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