Phillip Doggett-Williams creates profound visual narratives that are not just his own story but both micro-narratives and meta-narratives of our time and place. He is known for his lithographic prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture. Holding more in common with the classical form and humanist sentiments of his artist hero’s Goya and Daumier and influenced in the late 1970’s by teachers George Baldessin, Graham King and Anthony Pryor, Doggett-Williams’, in his own words, sits comfortably in a ‘contemporary modernist’ skin. Never having subscribed to the ‘artist genius’ stereotype that informed the generations preceding him, he has throughout his artistic career not only given expression to deep personal experience but has also stepped beyond the confines of studio practice to pursue just causes and stage social/cultural events.
For Doggett-Williams “fear is the great driving force in the current political dialogue of the day”. The theme of vulnerability and change is clearly evident in the title of the sculpture ‘No Climate for Change’. From his perspective, the vocation and culture of being an artist is to not only express what you feel for yourself but to also create meaning in art work that challenges conventions. In this respect, Doggett-Williams follows a long tradition of artists who willingly commit themselves to being agents of change. He states: “We cannot hide from change. Dramatic social change, as is the global warming challenge, demands that individuals step beyond their political prejudices and self interest to build a collective wisdom that meets the challenges of the future with determination, persistence and optimism. The fundamental right of future generations is a right to a sustainable future”.