Sculptor/Born 1964/Manchester/England.



Hope's Last Call/2020/1





Cenotaph will be on exhibit at

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from the 1st November to the 15th 2019.  


A very big  thank you to all involved for the honour of exhibiting cenotaph in such a humbling location as this.  



Cenotaph 2016/17


Cenotaph came about through what I felt was a need to impose upon our divisions that the freedoms and charity we so brashly take as entitled came by way of united, incalculable loss and sacrifice.


Our freedoms were far from free.
And they are not maintenance free.


Being of the war documentaries era I have always been well aware of this. Utopia would have us whitewash over this history denying all the wisdom and harsh lessons to defend it. 

This hand engraved glass slide assemblage of mainly First and Second World War imagery is meant to honour all those who have stood, fought and died for the freedoms we now take as entitled. And bears witness to the unimaginable atrocities of those times.

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK3 8AB


Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery has a long history of exhibitions from some of the art world's finest artists. Today the gallery boasts an extensive exhibition program, which now gives emerging artists a chance to showcase their work.






Now on unspecified extended exhibit from 16/09/2019


WiFi, a modern-day gargoyle is now on exhibition at Manchester Cathedral from

15th July 2019 for four weeks. A big thank you for championing this project. 
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Photograph copyright/courtesy of Harry Dobbs. July 2019.






Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Epicurus.




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Hope's last call/10/04/2019

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Subject matter:

Social Commentary/Autobiographical/Spiritual.

Medium/lost wax casting/Pewter/Plaster/Fibreglass/Resin/Wood./Canvas/Metal/Glass etching/Assemblage/Other. 



Pre 1989

Exhibited and sold works around Manchester/England.


Post 1990

Commissions/Joint projects/Donated works to related charities and organisations/Exhibited many new works at Manchester cathedral/ITIA based at St Mary's College, the Divinity School at the University of St Andrews/Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St Andrews Scotland/saatchiart/Loan Art. Bolton parish Church. Manchester Castlefield art Gallery Associate. 


My ambitions are to work on a large, immersive scale that people can occupy and re brand by way of their own personal experiences. And many of my smaller pieces are more of a draft sketch of those realisations.


A project by Micah Purnell & PassionArt with The Centre for Theology & Justice


The Centre for Theology and Justice have teamed up with PassionArt for a profound exploration of belonging, offering a creative approach to social, theological and justice issues. Working with graphic word artist Micah Purnell as our resident artist for 2018-19. https://ilongtobelong.co.uk






Three Art Exhibits at Manchester cathedral during lent 2019:


Remember, by Stephen Raw.
Loved and Lost by Simon Bray.
Forsaken? psalm 22 by Philip Wharton.


17/1Click image for more details and large image downloads. 



If you ever wondered what drives such pieces, watch this music video.

Maybe it will move you as much as it does myself.

Happy Easter. 

Paul Mealor - Peace




Bolton Parish Church


Having Faith on exhibit during lent at Bolton Parish Church 2019 from 11:30 am Thursday 14th March.


Having Faith




Cenotaph 2016/18



This hand engraved assemblage of mainly First and Second World War imagery is meant to honour

all those who have stood, fought and died for the freedoms we now take as entitled.

And bears witness to the unimaginable atrocities of those times.


Our freedoms were far from free.

And they are not maintenance free.





forsaken? Psalm 22

On exhibition during lent 2018 Manchester cathedral. 



Manchester Cathedral 2018.

Ash Wednesday

Sung Eucharist

With Imposition of ashes.

Philip Wharton.

I Just wanted to thank all involved for a beautifully heartfelt, moving service.

Truly inspiring. The Choir was brilliant. Well orchestrated.

Everyone’s hard work was well noted.

I would also like to thank Canon David Holgate and Canon Marcia Wall and others involved

for the tremendous honour of presenting Forsaken? Psalm 22 in person during the Offertory.


A little nervy for me but I hope my sincerity was well received.


Thank you all.

And best wishes to the congregation.


A big thank you to everyone for their kind comment in the comments book at Manchester Cathedral.

Especially Wendy from Manchester who wrote, 24/2 so reassuring to know others feel this. A very deep touching piece which gives solace even reading its meaning.



Manchester Cathedral publications on issuu.com





Manchester cathedral 2016-17

Jesus chapel






1.A young tree, especially one with a slender trunk.

1.1. A young and slender or inexperienced person.


I remember well my sapling years.


Sapling was sparked by a few things I felt recently connected to.

Tracey Emin expressing on YouTube a passion to create her own

unique tree.

A friend who (out of the blue) took to carving a figure from a tree

trunk. My time as a youth spent climbing endless trees, here




And most poignant of all is the heartfelt loss of a friend's young son

Cajus, son of Dorothia and Axel Stockmar.


I'd hope the presence of this piece is felt as one of pivotal

transition. From one state to another. One form to another.

A beginning, not an end.



I set out with a wave of ideas all demanding to be heard in their

own unique way. And it's often not possible. So I set out to present

a collective presence. And then from this presence you draw your

own personal take.


Not everyone's take is intended. But

every sense of good will, peace and hope here is.


Very sincere best wishes. Philip




ITIA. University of St Andrews.

Left. Professor Axel Stockmar.

Professor Sally Mapstone. Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of St Andrews.

Centre ( sapling )

Right. Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature, Theology and Director of ITIA

Dorothea Stockmar. German writer and painter living in Celle and Berlin.


Philip Wharton.

A big thank-you to Dorothea and Axel Stockmar for their generous donation of the sculpture Sapling to The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) School of Divinity. University of St Andrews.


Sapling was delivered in person by myself, Philip Wharton on the 21st February 2018. And was so warmly received by Dr Gavin Hopps. Senior Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Director of ITIA.


This whole experience has left me with such a tremendous sense of honour and family.


I’m both humbled  and inspired. And this will reflect brightly throughout my work from now on.

Thank you for such a gift.






Image Courtesy of ITIA School of Divinity.

University of St Andrews ‘After the Call’ exhibition at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews


ITIA artists invite you to examine with them what happens after the call.

The Transept – a group of practicing artists within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) – invites you to join us for an upcoming performance and exhibition.


‘After the Call’ offers space and time for celebration and reflection around the notion of being called unexpectedly to something unknown, or perhaps to something all-too-familiar that we suddenly realise.


6-15 April 2018

Venue open from 12:00 to 17:00 each day.

Performance evening on 11th April at 19:00 – engaging and interdisciplinary performance with music, poetry and monologues.

Location: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9QF


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