Philip Hare is a multi-disciplinary artist living in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. His work is primarily textile based but also incorporates repurposed materials such as worn denim jeans, safety pins, clothes pegs, and tampons. He also creates installations that are both immersive and performative.
Born in 1959 in Port Credit, Ontario, he was raised on a farm in Oro Township, about 150 km north of Toronto. He received a diploma in graphic design from Sheridan College and studied part-time at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has been a member of several Toronto based artist collectives, including Gallery 1313, Propeller and the Red Head Gallery where he is an associate member.
Through the 1980’s and 90’s he worked with latex paint and plywood, creating two- and three-dimensional works. At OCAD and Open Studio in Toronto he studied silk screen printing and began to screen onto paper and cloth. As his focus moved to textiles, he began hand stitching and embroidering. He became involved in queer politics in the mid-1980’s and its influence on his art quickly became apparent. Phallic imagery and political commentary through a queer lens continue to be prominent themes in his work. His large hand stitched assemblages have been exhibited across Canada.
After 40 years in Toronto, in 2019 he moved to the North Mountain, overlooking the Bay of Fundy where he continues to sew, photograph the natural beauty and enjoy life with his husband and dogs.