Phil Greenwood was born in 1943 in Dolgellau, North Wales and now lives in Kent. Educated at Harrow and Hornsey Colleges of Art, he initially lectured in printmaking for a short time and since 1971 has been a professional artist/printmaker.
Since the early 1960s he has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and abroad, both in one man shows and many major exhibitions. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and the Bankside Gallery, home of the prestigious Royal Society of Painters-Etchers. He has also exhibited work at the British Embassy in Brussels; La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, Paris; British Council Gallery, Athens; the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Gallery, London; Galerie Deux Tetes, Canada; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Portfolio Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; and more recently he has held major exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, the USA and CCA Galleries in London.
His work is in many private and public collections, including a vast number of museums, education authorities and universities, such as the Tate Gallery, Arts Council, British Council, Greenwich Museum, Edinburgh Education Authority, Liverpool University and Loughborough College of Education.
A landscape artist he works mainly on copper plates usually using only two plates and two or three colours to achieve a great range of tone and colour by the depth of the etch and by overprinting and fusing one colour with another. His images do not always relate to a specific place - he develops and works with an amalgamation of ideas recalled. The atmosphere exemplified by the landscape is the important factor.
Phil Greenwood was invited to become an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers in 1972 and elected a Fellow in 1982.