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James Phillips (American, b.1945)
LOT ID: 63259
Macombo, 1983

Acrylic, on canvas
20.25 х 8.25 in. (51.44 x 20.96 cm.)
Signed, lower right
Lot description
James Phillips is an African American lecturer and painter whose work is a form of African mythology storytelling, with a personal visual style that incorporates intricate patterns from African textiles and design. His works are bold, colorful, playful yet daring in their political and cultural depth. Philips identity as an African American is beautifully expressed and incorporated in the final execution of his paintings.

In 1973, he joined AfriCobra, a group of artists who came together to define an exclusively African-American aesthetic in Fine Art. Phillips is currently an assistant professor in the Painting department of Fine Arts at Howard University. Phillips is the recipient of several awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Exchange Fellowship (Tokyo, 1980) and Creative Artists Public Service Award (New York City, 1971). His works have been shown in public and private collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum and Howard University in Washington DC, Hampton University Museum in Hampton, VA, and murals at the Philadelphia International Airport.
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