Philip Hazard



Philip Hazard



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Toledo, Ohio, US

Biographical Text

Philip Hazard was born in 1952, in Ohio US. His formal studies included Film and Design at University of Toledo, a scholarship at Toledo Museum of Art, and screenwriting at New York University Film School. In 2007 he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, where he now teaches studio art.

In 1975 he began working for New York sign store ‘Let There be Neon’ making pizza signs, and has been working with neon ever since creating commercial signage, architectural lighting, and fine art designs with neon. Hazard describes his work as “mixed media painting combined with collage, assemblage and neon”. He has said he tries to capture the essence of America in his art, and that neon is a medium which signals pop-culture, energy and consumerism. His use of multiple image silkscreen and ready-made found objects adds meaning to this multi-layered work.

Hazard’s work has been published in many books and magazines, including the book 'Let There Be Neon'. He has exhibited in France, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, and throughout the U.S.A. His work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world, including the National Building Museum in Washington DC, and the U.S. Embassy in Katamandu Nepal. Hazard’s innovative work has played a major role in the resurgence in popularity of neon today.



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