The Irish Times - Friday, November 14, 2003
"Most of Moss's paintings are of piles of things. That is to say, each features a pile of one kind of things: shoes, drainpipes, carboard boxes, turf. They are depicted against a plain background under a hard light in a meticulous, toughly realist style.

There is a sense of telling it like it is. But what are they telling? A rose is a rose. Moss seems to be out to emphasise the thingness of each object through force of repetition, although the process becomes a cumulative reminder, a la Magritte, that the thing is in this case a skin of paint and not a thing at all. Yet there is a fascination in the versatility of the representation. Given the requisite skill in the painter, the mimetic potential of oil paint as a medium is unfailingly seductive. Our eyes become engaged, which is perhaps why, here, in one case, we find the baleful eye of the artist looking back at us, reflected in the centre of one of the stacks.

The boxes, all surfaces, all apparently opened and empty, hint at the promise and trickery of painting. There is a recurent play on what might be behind the stacks, with the hint that what might be there is, of course, nothing, not the continuation of a surrounding wall. So these are paintings about painting, about what might be behind painting and about perception. They are thoughtful, open to many levels of interpretation and visually intriguing."
(Aidan Dunne)


Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea. Citta di Firenze - Seconda Edizione - 1999
"Moss Philip - Irlanda.

Born in Dublin in 1961.
Graduated From the National College of Art and Design in 1985. Studied at Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. In 1988 he started working with James Kurkman who was Lucien Freud's agent in London getting to know both the artist and his own work. Subsequently he returned to Ireland in order to pursue his career as a full-time artist. He now lives in Donegal on the West Coast of Ireland with his wife and two children, Patrick and Emiliy.

Well-trained in the technique of painting, Philip Moss's work is a bold and realistic representation of the world which surrounds him, from solemn, self-portraits, through his family and friends, to the bull in the field outside his Donegal home, to the landscapes of that country, and the fragile and often battered material of our environment. Witty, perceptive, and penetrating in his vision, he paints, as he lives, like an explorer."
(Bruce Arnold)