Provincetown Art Guide with fine dining 2008 fifth anniversary edition

Philip Mailicoat painting the Eugenia from the beach

ABOVE Philip painting the Eugenia

hilip Malicoat came to Provincetown to study with Charles W. Hawthorne for the summers of 1929 and 1930. In 1931 he made Provincetown his home. He studied drawing with E.W. Dickinson during the winter of 1931-32. In 1932 he married artist Barbara Brown, daughter of artists Harold Haven Brown and Florence Bradshaw Brown. The Browns settled in Provincetown in 1919 after spending several summers here. Phil and Barbara had two children, Martha and Conrad.

BELOW Malicoat dune shack, 1964. From left: Phil Dunigan with daughter Seanad in his arms, Conrad Malicoat with daughter Galen on his head, Phil Malicoat, Breon Dunigan (back to camera), Barbara Malicoat (standing in back), Robena (standing in front of Barbara), Anne Lord (next to Robena, face partially blocked), Orin Dunigan (sitting on Martha’s lap), Martha Dunigan (Conrad’s sister).

Malicoats and others at the Malicoat dune shack, 1964

photo of Malicoat family seated at mealtimeWest, I had never had any contact with a seagoing town and my first walk down Commercial Street was one of pure amazement and delight. I felt that day an instant and deep bond with the town which has never left me. I returned for study the next two summers and then in 1931 settled here to make it my year-round home, getting married in 1932 in the height of the depression when art was a commodity of little use to anyone.

The townspeople were friendly and a young painter was accepted. An atmosphere of understanding and respect seemed to prevail among the fishermen, merchants, and the artists which could not be said of any place in the Middle West in those days. Through odd jobbing we managed to get by, and I could still paint. A number of mature artists and writers had their homes here and we younger painters were included as members of this group.”

photo of Malicoat familyPHILIP MALICOAT
Undated newspaper column, PAAM Archives

above: Phil, Barbara, Martha, and Conrad in 1945 living in what has since become Robena’s studio
left: Malicoat family under the bulkhead, circa 1939



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was birthed in year 1936 in Provincetown. It was an era of much hardship for years to
come (containing a great depression and World War II). The Township was, predominately, Portuguese and artists that lived here in Provincetown. The early years of my growth are remembered as a town immersed in hardships and people depending on their self-sufficiency and resiliency. And they helped one another. Those aspects made a deep impression on me and made this sand, land and water more important to my ever-growing creative life.”

CONRAD MALICOAT, son of Philip, 2008

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grew up in Provincetown, next door to my grandparents Barbara and Phil Malicoat. They were as close and familiar to me as my parents and sisters. There was never much money (which often meant creativity spilling into fixing or building something yourself) but one way or another my parents and grandparents each had a studio. Each studio had its own distinctive personality. To me the studios were something special because they were places where creative things were happening; paintings, drawings, sculpture, thoughts, dreams… Growing up in this environment provided me with a deep respect and love for the creative process.”

photo of Philip and Barbara Malicoat, 1960ROBENA MALICOAT
daughter of Conrad, 2008

OPPOSITE Philip and Barbara, France 1960

all photos courtesy Robena Malicoat



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