The subject matter for Philip Hazard’s paintings and prints stem from personal obsessions, idealized pop culture, urban decay and ready-made found materials. Hazard describes his work as “mixed media painting combined with collage, assemblage and neon”.
Philip Hazard lived in New York City for over 25 years, being inspired by the energized and gritty sides of a big city aesthetic. Hazard’s diverse personal life experiences influence the content and subject matter of his multi-layered mixed media work.
Hazard combines and layers oil and acrylic paint, photographic silkscreen, mixed media collage and assemblage on canvas to explore the larger context of the relationship between disparate images and their dialogue. Neon is used as the focus and emphasis within his work.
Hazard’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Mr. Hazard’s artwork has been published in many books and magazines, including the books Tools as Art, Contemporary Neon and the Japanese magazine Pronto. His artwork is included in many public and private collections including the National Building Museum in Washington DC and the US Embassy in Katmandu Nepal.
Philip Hazard also has a background in film and theatre. Hazard has written and directed films that have been screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and on public television. Hazard’s The Spider Sisters, shot in New York City’s east village was declared Cult Hit at the 1993 Arizona International Film Festival. His television film Loco Vida was partially funded with grants from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and The Tucson Community Cable Corporation.
Two plays written by Hazard have been produced Off-Off Broadway in New York City. Take Off Your Sunglasses at the New York Theatre Ensemble and No Brakes at The American Renaissance Theatre.
Hazard received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 2007. He has a B.A. from the University of Toledo in Film and Design. He studied screenwriting and film directing at New York University Film School.
After a long career in the neon sign industry in New York City, Mr. Hazard most recently taught studio art classes at Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Currently Hazard concentrates on creating his Neon and Mixed Media artwork.