Philip Rickmans’ interest in birds led to him studying in both Paris and London. It was through his passion for bird art that he came to know George Edward Lodge who generously gave the young Rickman great encouragement and an important introduction to Archibald Thorburn. Although Rickman learnt much from Lodge, his technique was far more influenced by Thorburn, particularly his trademark waterfowl and gamebirds. Thorburn taught Rickman the application of colour and shared his skill in producing the iridescence found on birds such as Pheasants and Kingfishers.
In 1920 Philip Rickman held his first exhibition at the Greatorex Gallery in Bond Street, London. After this his talents were recognised by ‘The Field’ and many other sporting publications. He later exhibited through Embletons and The Tryon Gallery. He illustrated and published several books and many of his pictures have passed through London’s top auction houses.
Some of his works can also be found in museums and many important private collections.