Cinque Artists Talk Program: Phillip Smallwood

Wednesday, April 24  6:00 – 7:00 pm – Virtual on Zoom

Controlling the Narrative: Lifescapes & Watercolors with Philip Smallwood


The Cinque Artist Series welcomes watercolorist Phillip Smallwood for a conversation about his work
Pictured: “Desire” by Phillip Smallwood

Join us for a conversation with painter Phillip Smallwood on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 pm EDT. Free online. Register:

A master of the watercolor technique, Smallwood uses his art to capture the nuanced moments and finer details, choosing subjects that resonate with depth and authenticity. His “Lifescapes” offer more than just a glimpse into American life; they invite the viewer to engage with stories untold, perspectives unseen, and voices unheard.

Philip’s commitment goes beyond artistic expression; it is a deliberate act of controlling the narrative, ensuring that the stories depicted are those of real, honest, and totally unrehearsed lives.

An important project for the artist is the recent unveiling of a newly completed portrait of Civil Rights Icon, Theodora Smiley Lacey. As a reminder of Mrs. Lacey’s indelible legacy and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality, Smallwood launched a Portrait Tour that hopes to spark conversations and raise awareness. The artist also hopes to foster support for community partnerships that align with Mrs. Lacey’s remarkable legacy. From her experiences of segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, to her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the advancement of voter rights alongside icons like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, Mrs. Lacey’s journey serves as an inspiration for generations to come.

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Phillip Smallwood is a New Jersey-based watercolor artist renowned for the ultra-realistic nature of his paintings. Working exclusively on handmade watercolor paper, he brings a unique texture and depth to his creations.

Growing up in Roxbury, Massachusetts Phillip Smallwood learned the art and discipline of creating high-quality, handcrafted furniture, studying the craftsmanship of his father. In the early days of his artistic journey, he found inspiration in the Southern genre.

While producing about 10 -12 major works per year, Smallwood has many commissioned works in the private collections of prominent art enthusiasts, including corporate executives, celebrities and notable names in sports and entertainment. Smallwood has garnered widespread recognition and acclaim, earning over 200 juried awards throughout his career, exhibitions in esteemed artistic venues, honors from the nation’s most prestigious watercolor societies, and numerous features in art publications around the world.


The Cinque Artist Program is named after the Cinque Gallery founded by artists Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Ernest Crichlow in the late 60s. The gallery served as a catalyst for artists and curators of color to exhibit, but also as a place for networking and building community. Our series promotes presentations from professionals, and practical information, as well as provides a platform for artists to showcase their work. We encourage adult artists, students, and enthusiasts to share in discussions in an intimate setting.

Topics include global travel, artist portfolios, Uptown Galleries, and more. This is the second year the Foundation has partnered with the Harlem School of the Arts to host the series.


This program is part of the Harlem Cultural Collaborative of Harlem One Stop

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