b. 1986, HK.



Phoebe Collings-James is a Jamaican British artist, born in London and living in New York. Her practice is intentionally messy and sprawling, focused on how we live with getting bodied. Her works take form in drawing, video, sculpture, text and music, with a distinctly corporeal approach. She burdens ubiquitous materials with a process of symbolic layering, all in order to explore emotional connections to the politics and erotics of violence, language and fear.

Exhibitions include Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum Harlem, ATROPHILIA, Company Gallery, New York, Just Enough Violence, Arcadia Missa, London and Blood on the Leaves Blood on the Roots, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City. In 2017 she was a Sculpture Centre featured artist and created an original soundtrack for two performance works by long time collaborator Jamila Johnson-Small, which toured Europe with locations including ICA, London and MAC, Birmingham.

In Spring 2018 she will be an artist in residence at Wysing Arts Center, England, opening a solo exhibtion at Arcadia Missa and a debut a performance work, Just Give Me A Minute, will be live at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


Recent Text/Features

Another, Relative Strength interview with Maria Howard, 2018, Online

Broadly, Artists Phoebe Collings-James & Precious Okoyomon in conversation, 2018, Online

Artforum, Atrophilia reviewed by Laura McLean-Ferris for , Feb 2017, Print

Frieze, Just Enough Violence, CONDO review by Harry Thorne, April 2016, Print

BUBBLEGUMCLUB, Interview in Johannesburg by Christa Dee, 2016, Online

AQNB, CONDO review, 2016 Online

NYLON, Black History Month interview with Sydney Gore, 2016, Online

iD, Just Enough Violence interview with Felix Petty, 2016, Online