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Born in Liverpool in 1971 Phil moved on from a Diploma in Foundation of Art to studying Graphics at Newcastle University where he came away with a BA degree and returning to his home City began the slow path to recognition. Today, Phil Disley is acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost Illustrators.  From modest beginnings with a first illustration in the ‘Big Issue’ in 1993, his work has regularly appeared in such esteemed publications as The Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Financial Times, The London Evening Standard, Esquire, GQ Magazine, Tatler and Marketing Week. Oxford University Press has commissioned illustrations for many educational publications with Harper Collins and Little, Brown Book Group engaging him for several book covers.

Phil's longest established column, spanning twenty years, is for the multi-award winning Financial Times publication 'How To Spend It' entitled 'Wry Society.'

A five year relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association rewarded Phil a regular column in Ace Tennis magazine along with numerous commissions from the LTA for cards and further publications. This led to an invitation to showcase his work in his home town at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, six years running.

Classic FM approached Phil in 2005 to illuminate the ongoing 'Hall Of Fame' series depicting the most popular pieces in the classical chart. This collaberation lasted a successful five years leading to further cover and CD commissions. The result of which can be seen in the Lebrecht archives.

As broadsheet newspapers turned tabloid format in the 90's, numerous covers followed for The Times T2, Guardian G2 and Review sections. The Spectator also relied on Phil for covers both in the UK and for the launch of the magazine in Australia in 2008, which he still illustrates from time to time.

Accolades include a silver medal from The Association Of Illustrators for his depiction of Winston Churchill in The Guardian. In 2011 Phil was included in the British Cartoon archive for his political work in The Guardian and Independent newspapers.

Phil has also been sought after by a number of American titles including the Wall Street Journal, Men's  Health Magazine, LA Times, Golf Magazine, Crain's New York and Us Magazine. In 2008 Phil was short listed to illustrate the cover of Black Book, a prestigious advertising annual showcasing the best of American illustration.

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Recently Phil embarked upon a collaberation with LFC captain and England International Steven Gerrard, setting himself the loose brief of 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The resulting image 'Gerrard Red-breast' is exclusively on sale through Liverpool football club as a limited edition print. Phil had the idea of using player foot-prints as the basis for the image, literally letting the players feet do the talking! It gives fans a personal,intimate piece of a Liverpool legend.

Phil's work is as often appreciated by his subjects as it is by editors and the general public. Collectors include David Cameron, Marco Pierre White, Steven Gerrard, Andrew Rawnsley and Andy Murray.

Previous commissions:

  • 1994 – '96 The London Evening Standard Drawings for Chef Albert Roux
  • 1995 – '98 Sainsbury's Magazine Sue Townsend, word first illustrations
  • 1999 – '00 The Guardian Jim White, Sport illustrations
  • 2000 – '01 The Independent on Sunday Profile Caricature
  • 2000 – '01 Us Weekly Celebrity Caricatures
  • 2001 – '02 Radio Times Celebrity Scramble Caricatures
  • 2001 – '02 Men's Health USA Etiquette Drawings
  • 2002 – '03 The Times Football Player Caricatures for publication,The Game
  • 1999 – '17 Financial Times Wry Society published in How to Spend It
  • 1995 – '08 Ace tennis magazine Richard Eaton illustrations
  • 1995 – '10 Classic FM Hall of fame
  • 2006 – '17 The Spectator Covers
  • 2005 – '13 The Guardian Comment & Debate
  • 2006 - '11 The Tablet Covers
  • 2008 - '09 Golf Magazine Ask the rules guy
  • 2010 - 12  Building Magazine Hansom column

Phil's drawings can at present be seen in The Financial Times - How To Spend It and The Spectator.