Phil Brown began his career in advertising as an art director in Scotland. Brown's first forays into directing were specs for Absolut Vodka and Fong's Fresh Poultry, which won him international acclaim, including notices in Creative Review and Shots Magazine, and a nod at Cannes for Fong's. His first career was as an interior designer in Edinburgh, during which time he designed a house for Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders) and Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds). Brown studied interior design at Teesside University, where he booked bands such as the Thompson twins, Level 42, and The Cult as vice president of the student union in charge of entertainment.
You probably wish you were hanging out with Brown in the 80s, when he worked as a roadie for The Smiths, The Boomtown Rats, The Kinks, and The Beat to name but a few. While at school as a boy in the small English town of Darlington, he spent time at the local theatre as a stage-hand, where he worked with some of the best of British theatrical actors of the day (even if it was from the wings of the stage). He considers his daughter Sophie and his son Luke to be his best work to date.
Phil Brown has built an award-winning reputation as a visual artist whose work reflects a candid yet- stylized realism, showcased in campaigns for Pan Am Games, Mom's Demand Action. Additional work includes spots for BMO, Budweiser, Coors, Ford, GM, Home Depot, Ikea, Kia, Labatt, Lexus, McDonald's, MasterCard, Molson, Pepsi, Pfizer, Samsung, Sony, Toyota, Visa, VeriSign,Verizon, and Volkswagen. Brown's work has garnered top honors at the Clios, Cannes Lions, Montreux Advertising Festival, Promax, Bessies, New York Festivals and Lotus, among others.