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Jason H. Phillips is a painter, mixed media artist, muralist and tattoo artist. Phillips creates art work that reflects the African American cultural experience. His art work chronicles the intersection of beauty and struggle.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. Phillips is owner of the Detroit Ink Spot Tattoo Studio and Co-founder of the Black Tattoo Art & Music Expo. Phillips’ work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums.  The most recent addition to his public art collection is the 840 square foot oil painting located on Plymouth/Meyers in Detroit, MI.  Jason’s illustrations have been published in University of Michigan’s “Michigan Project on Oral Language, Writing, and Reading” project, which resulted in a series of books created to assist with language development for school age children.


Artist Statement

" Current events and cultural movements inspire me to create most of my work. It is important that art documents modern culture, especially, from the perspective of ethnic minorities which sometimes is over looked by the mainstream. The awareness that comes from art can lead to a better society."

2023  Liberal Arts Gallery, Detroit, MI

2021   Solo Exhibit, Multifaceted, Carr Center, Detroit, MI

2018-19 Majesty Solo Exhibition, Norwest Gallery of Art, Detroit, MI

2018       BLACKiD Group Exhibition, Carr Center for the Arts, Detroit, MI

                 Detroit Noir Group Exhibition, Norwest Art Gallery, Detroit MI

2017       Group Exhibition, Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion:

                Charles H. Wright Museum  Detroit, MI

              Group Exhibition, Collector's Choice , National Conference of Artists  Detroit, MI

2016    Solo Exhibition, Detroit Ink Spot, Detroit, Michigan
            Group exhibition, Detroit Love- Black Tattoo Art & Music Expo, Detroit, MI
            Group Exhibition, The Dirty Show, Russell Bazaar, Detroit, Michigan
2013    Group Exhibition, Five Below - Art Rages Gallery, Detroit, MI
2011     Group Exhibition, Arts Beats & Lyrics - The Metropolitan, New Orleans, LA
2010    Group Exhibition, Stuart McClean Gallery, Atlanta GA
             Solo Exhibition, Illumination - Java Cafe, Detroit MI
2008    Solo Exhibition, Ruth Hodges Art Gallery, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA
              Group Exhibition, American Cities Series Detroit:

               Contemporary Works on Paper
              Printed Image Gallery/Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
               Group Exhibition, Art Detroit: Now/National Conference of Artists Gallery
2005    Group Exhibition, NCA Gala - G.R. N’Namdi Gallery
              Group Exhibition, ALM, Southfield Public Library Southfield, MI
              Group Exhibition, ALM, Charles Wright Museum  Detroit, MI
2004    Solo Exhibition, Del Gallery Lathrup Village, MI
              Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul, Charles Wright Museum  Detroit, MI
2003    Group Exhibition, Winter National Black Art Expo Atlanta, GA
              Group Exhibition, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame & Museum Cleveland, OH
              Group Exhibition, The Scarab Club Detroit, MI
              Group Exhibition, National Conference of Artists Gallery Detroit, MI
2002    Group Exhibition, Bagley Housing Art Gallery Detroit, MI
2001     Group Exhibition“Artists Among Us Tour” 2001
                      Maniscalco Gallery Detroit, MI
                     The Scarab Club Detroit, MI
                     National Conference of Artists Gallery Detroit, MI
                     Madonna University Gallery Livonia, MI
                     Oakland County Community College Waterford, MI

1999   Solo Exhibition, JoHanson Charles Gallery  Detroit, MI

2023 Dilla Forever, City of Detroit City Walls commission

Puritan/Meyers, Detroit MI

2023 Elements oil on canvas, Elements Lounge, Detroit MI

2016    Private Commission, Spencer Haywood Hall of Fame, embellished print on canvas
   Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
2015    Public Art Commission, (8x30 ft.) oil painting on wood panels, Arts League of Michigan
   funded by Kresge Foundation, located at Advantage Health Family Center in Warren, MI.
2012    Illustrations for five educational books, Michigan Project on Oral Language, Writing,
   and Reading (M-POWR) , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2003    Public Art Commission , “Making a Joyful Noise”, Detroit, MI. 4x5 ft. oil painting
   Arts League of Michigan, Detroit, MI
2000    Private Commission, Emancipation, 5x8 ft. oil painting on canvas
   Charles Royal, Atlanta, GA

Evelyn Redcross and Mercer Redcross III , Connecting People With Art, Contemporary African-American Art,
October Gallery, 68 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 2006. ( p406-407 )

Hal Elliott Wert , Hope, A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints
by Zenith Press, an imprint of MBI Publishing Company, 400 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
2009: ( p136 )

2008    Intro to Adobe Photoshop, Fulton County Southwest Art Center, Atlanta, GA
   Intro to Web Design, Fulton County Southwest Art Center, Atlanta, GA


2016    Artist Talk: The Figurative Elements in Samella Lewis’ Work
   Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI , Sept 16

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