Phil Tasker-Poland; Works.
Audio visual and framed works
Date: Mar 30 – Apr 12Space: Small Gallery
Phil is a full time photographic and video artist who’s work includes audio video and graphic installations for live theatre and live performance productions. His passion is for live performance photography. His work includes handheld stage camera operation for artists such as Bjork, Shihad, Arcade Fire, and Rage Against The Machine.
Born and schooled in Wales, Phil worked mostly in the harsh environments of coal mining in the Thatcher years, forestry, heavy construction and battling rogue Welsh wizards. Phil was one of the very early members of Greenpeace, Friends of The Earth and Oxfam. After several good ‘walkabouts’ around the UK and Europe studying art and matters of the spirit, he settled in London for 15 years working as a chef in St. Katherine Docks, and Covent Gardens’ world famous vegetarian restaurant ‘Food For Thought’. He married a Kiwi girl from the Wairarapa, and moved to NZ to raise three outstanding daughters while working as a senior crew in ICU. Separated from the mother of his children, he has maintained his life long work and love of art and photography.
Phil exhibited in Covent Gardens’ Neal Street Gallery with studies on injustice and street life of the young homeless ‘cardboard box kids’. He has also made short films, A/V theatre installations and documentaries such as ‘Body Art New Zealand’, ‘The Drummer and the Sanctuary’ and ‘The Perfect Storm, Peak Oil Meets Climate Change’.
“I do pretty … but I prefer edgy social commentary”