Philippa Blair was born in 1945 in Christchurch and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts from Canterbury University in 1967. She received QEII Arts Council grants in 1982, 1984 and 1987. Blair has taught and exhibited nationally and internationally for 25 years and is represented in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Malaysia. She works primarily as a painter making expressive, semi-abstract work that reflects urban reality and the natural world with references to high tech and organic imagery, cartographic mapping, music and film. Philippa frequently employs printmaking to pursue more graphic pictorial options. ‘Traverse', an exhibition of her recent paintings, drawings and prints, was shown in 1999 at the Spencer Gallery, Rhode Island, USA and Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, NZ. Philippa Blair lives and works in Los Angeles, California but makes frequent trips to New Zealand to exhibit and visit family.