Artist P. (Philip) Smallwood to Show in Atlanta for the First Time

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Watercolor artist P. Smallwood unveils his new series and shows his work for the first time in Atlanta at the National Black Arts Festival running July 31 - August 2 at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta.

Watercolor artist P. (Philip) Smallwood is known for his signature watercolor paintings or "Lifescapes", a powerful form of portraiture and visual narrative. . Smallwood, who currently resides in New Jersey, spent many years living and traveling throughout the Southeast and much of his work is inspired by rural families in the South. He will be showing his work for the first time in Atlanta, during the prestigious National Black Arts Festival, which runs July 31 - August 2 at the Woodruff Arts Center. The event gives attendees the unique opportunity to experience the art that black artists from across the country are creating.

Smallwood will be unveiling a new series in Atlanta that is focused on the life of one subject, a young man that the artist has mentored. This new series also marks a shift to a more edgy and intense urban setting as portrayed in Boys to Men and Redemption. Philip's work gives a sense a familiarity to anyone who lives in a metropolitan city of the southeast.

"Through my paintings, I ask the viewer to stop, engage and experience the individual lives portrayed -- with all their aspirations, dreams and desires - and really see them as worthy of their observation. I want to bring my subjects into the world in a majestic and profound way, to put them on a pedestal and make them royalty in terms of the artistic content." Smallwood explains.

About P. Smallwood:

Smallwood attended the University of Miami and graduated with a B.S. in biology and a minor in art. After college, he founded Woodtopia, Inc., a furniture fabrication and design company that produced commercial and one-of-a-kind artisan pieces. The artisan works, including functional objects such as tables and chairs, challenged the traditional expectation of line and form. The woodworking enabled Smallwood to experiment with volume, line, form, finish and artistic representation. Through watercolor, Smallwood found a medium that allowed him to blend his love of the human form with light, color and a fluid surface ideal for telling the human narrative that has become the heartbeat of his work. Today, his Lifescape watercolors are the culmination of his artistic relationships with structure, shape, volume, finish, light and color filtered through the eye of his life experiences and values.

Philip's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including The Craven Gallery, The Parrish Art Museum in South Hampton and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Other works and more information can be found on Philip's recently re-launched Web site at


Katherine Hebert, President
Creative Launch, LLC


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