Philippe Aird was born July 14 th 1961 . As a teenager, Philippe was taught by the acclaimed Salford artist, L.S. Lowry. Recognising his talent, Lowry encouraged him to enrol at Salford 's College of Art . He was accepted aged 16.

Philippe's inventiveness and unstoppable creativity won him a scholarship to Chelsea College of Art and Design. Here Philippe was able to experiment with a number of different media going on to win the Timeout sponsored International Video Festival in 1982.

Philippe appeared in BBC2's Forty Minutes programme where they featured his live performance art involving painting in the nude, a new and daring concept 25 years ago.

Philippe worked as a fine art lecturer at Salford University . In 2002 he opened The Phoenix Gallery Philippe's gallery is one mile outside Manchester City centre.

Philippe continually followed his muse experimenting with new materials and new forms of expression. His down to earth attitude won him many critical admirers and friends.

Philippe passed away on the 24th July 2015