James Phillips

James Phillips is a painter, printmaker, and muralist born in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at the Printing Trade School in New York, the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. He received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Phillips was a member of the Harlem-founded, Weusi Art Collective, a group of young artists who made African iconic imagery and symbols a central part of their work, from 1969–1973.

In the 1970s, Phillips joined AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), a group incorporating African aesthetics, iconography, and positive political imagery into African American art. His work is included in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, the Arts and Artifacts Collection of the New York City Public Library, and Hampton University in Virginia. Phillips’ has created public art projects for the city of Baltimore, Howard University in Washington, DC; the Department of Parks in New York City, and the transit system for the city of San Francisco. Phillips lives in Baltimore, MD.

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April 29th 1945




African American

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