Philo Northrup

  • A lifetime of “Productive Play
  • 30 years of “Gamifying Art"
  • 20 years of “Artifying Games
  • Co-Founder of Four Companies:
  • TAO-Wellness, (TAO WellShell & TAO Chair exercise systems)
  • enVie Interactive, (VIE: gamified Virtual World)
  • ArtCar Fest, Inc. (annual art festival celebrating ArtCars)
  • Founder of Work Ethic Productions (funny postcards)
  • Philo Bio

    Productive Play

    Productive Play is why I make art, why I make games, and why gamification works. Play is not superfluous - it’s crucial. It’s how we proclaim our identity to the world and find our tribe.

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    ArtCars By Philo Northrup

    ArtCars are street–legal vehicles that have been permanently transformed into mobile sculptures. These aren’t parade– floats, they’re registered, insured automobiles that artists work on for years and exhibit to anyone who will look up.

    ArtCars by Philo

    Assemblages

    Toys were never innocent playthings for me. They have their own agenda. While I’m suspicious of the helpful attitudes of action figures, I trust decay. Rust and rot provide my artworks with beauty.

    More Assemblages

    Game & Animation Projects

    "I’ve had the privilege to manage over 50 games & animation projects over the past two decades involving just about every leading publisher and developer."

    Video Game Projects TAO - Tiny Gym in Your Pocket

    In The Press

    Press selections from articles on Philo's ArtCars, art and games

    Press Clippings

    Poetry is the quality of our acts. Art is evidence that survives.
    -Frederick Sommer

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    Productive Play

    Productive Play is why I make art, why I make games, and why gamification works. Play is not superfluous - it’s crucial. It’s how we proclaim our identity to the world and find our tribe.

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    Philo's ArtCars

    “ArtCars are street–legal vehicles that have been permanently transformed into mobile sculptures. These aren’t parade– floats, they’re registered, insured automobiles that artists work on for years and exhibit to anyone who will look up.”

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    Philo's Assemblages

    Toys were never innocent playthings for me. They have there own agenda. While I’m suspicious of the helpful attitudes of action figures, I trust decay. Rust and rot provide my artworks with beauty.

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    Game & Animation Projects

    "I’ve had the privilege to manage over 50 games & animation projects over the past two decades involving just about every leading publisher and developer."

    See Artwork by Philo's mentor, Jack DeVore, Founder of Elastic Symbolism (1932-2010)

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