Philip Huckin was born in 1952 and grew up in Oxford where he completed an Art and Design Foundation Year at Oxford Polytechnic. Subsequently, from 1972 to 1975, he studied Art and History at The University College of Wales Aberystwyth, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 1975 to 1976 he completed a post graduate Art and Design teacher training course at Sussex University and he took up his first teaching post in Hertfordshire in 1976.
During his time in secondary education he worked in the South East, North West and North East of England where he taught Art and Design; managed departments and faculties; directed the curriculum as a Deputy Head Teacher; delivered teaching training; wrote and edited national training materials in Art and Design; and worked as an Education Adviser. During this period of his life, a total of 33 years in secondary education, he continued to draw and paint whenever possible, usually during family holidays, in the firm belief that teachers, through their own personal practice, should stay connected with the subject that brought them into education. Many is the time that his two children went on circular walks in Wales with his wife so that he could stay put and work hard to fill the pages of a sketch book.
In 2010 Philip moved from Lincolnshire to Wales to study for an MA in Fine Arts at his old university Aberystwyth where he was awarded a university scholarship and in 2012 he gained a Master’s Degree in Fine Art. The desire to return to Wales had been growing during the final stage of his career with an aspiration to paint and draw the Welsh landscape. No word exists in the English language to describe this longing but Welsh gives the perfect word, Hiraeth, a yearning for a place whose absence makes life incomplete. The study of the landscape formed the focus of the MA and during the course he began to study Welsh in a desire to draw closer to the landscape he was portraying: the names and deep cultural history that pervades the valleys, hills, villages, and man-made structures in Ceredigion.
National Library of Wales, National Collection
Welsh Collection, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Wales
The Welsh Collection, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection