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Philip Smallwood

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Philip Smallwood has been blending imagination, reality, and social consciousness for more than 20 years, with a steadily increasing level of recognition for his work. Known primarily for his enduring series called “Lifescapes,” Smallwood is a visual storyteller whose narratives embrace “real people living real, honest, imperfect, and totally unrehearsed lives,” that merge color with shadow, focus with juxtaposition, and gravity with irony. As one observer notes, his work is a slice of authenticity filtered through his own values and experiences. “My goal is to have people stop, engage, and muse over the lives I depict, lives that have the same aspirations we all do, but perhaps with a bit more of a challenge,” Smallwood says. Having grown up in Massachusetts, Smallwood studied biology and art at the University of Miami. He began his career as a furniture artisan and soon devoted himself fulltime to art in the late ’90s.

 

Generally, Smallwood’s subjects are divided between rural families in the South, particularly in and around Charleston, S.C. to which he has a family connection, and those from inner cities in the North, closer to where he now works and resides. His studio is in Northern New Jersey.

“There are some things about modern society that are not so pleasant to dwell upon, and as an artist, it is my job to find those dark places and shed some light on them,” says Smallwood. Three of his most essential influences are Norman Rockwell, best known for the cover illustrations he did for the Saturday Evening Post, living contemporary artist Stephen Scott Young, and his late brother, Fredrick Smallwood, Jr.

 

Smallwood has been represented at such esteemed artistic venues as the Carol Craven Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard, the Bryant Gallery in New Orleans, Carolina Gallery in Charleston, S.C., and Paul Calendrillo New York. Numerous group exhibitions have included Manhattan’s Studio Museum in Harlem, the Springfield Museum in Springfield, MO, Parrish Museum in Southampton ,NY, the Monmouth Museum in Monmouth, N.J., RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, and the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Cables, FL. He recently had his first solo exhibition, “Personages,” at the Museum of Art in DeLand, FL. Recognition has included honors from the American Watercolor Society, ‘The Budd and Gretchen Marble Award,’ the Robert Vickrey Memorial Award from the Springfield Art Museum, ‘Best in Show’ at the International Art Expo in Philadelphia, first prize from the New Jersey Watercolor Society, and a special congressional honor from Bergen County, N.J. for his work in its ‘Art of Soul’ exhibition. More recent work has included commissioned portraits, including one for the Duke Ellington Centennial. He is also currently at work on a series of still-life paintings and large-scale landscapes.

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Beyond the Invisible (Triptych)

24" x 68" / 61 x 172.7cm
Acrylic on Masonite

Within

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Guthrie

42" x 68" / 106.7 x 172.7cm
Charcoal and Water Mounted on Paper

Study For The Minotaur

30" x 22" / 76.2 x 55.9cm
Oil on Canvas

Pont de la Tournelle, Paris

30" x 61" / 76.2 x 154.9cm
Archival Digital Pigment Print

Zanyell

44" x 32" / 111.8 x 81.3cm
Oil on Linen

Argus (Barred Owl)

22" x 22" / 55.9 x 55.9cm
Charcoal and Water on Mounted Paper

Athena (Burrowing Owl)

41" x 29.5" / 104.1 x 74.9cm
Charcoal and Water Mounted on Paper

Magoo (Northern white-faced Scops Owl)

42" x 56" / 106.7 x 142.2cm
Charcoal and Water on Mounted Paper

Lila (Eurasian Eagle Owl)

90" x 56" / 228.6 x 142.2cm
Charcoal and Water on Mounted Paper

On Guard

10" x 15" / 25.4 x 38.1cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Undercurrents

26" x 39" / 66 x 99.1cm
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board

Pulse High

35.4" x 46.9" / 89.9 x 119.1cm
Oil on Paper on Dibond

Against the Wall

24" x 18" / 61 x 45.7cm
Oil on Canvas

Off-White x Air Jordan 1 Chicago

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Canvas

AF1 Low Cactus Jack

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Everything is Connected

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Linen

Dreams of Hope

18" x 24" / 45.7 x 61cm
Watercolor on Clay Panel

Low Tide

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil on Board

Afternoon in July

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Mooring

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Beach, Suspenders and Ice Cream

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Pipe Smoker

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

My Brave Brother

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Potato Peelers

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Picnic Preparations

35.5" x 35.5" / 90.2 x 90.2cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

Before My Time

47.1" x 66.8" / 119.6 x 169.7cm
Egg Oil Tempera on Canvas

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