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. She created CUNT TODAY in 2013, an online platform to explore contemporary feminisms and has been asked to speak on the subjects of race and feminism in spaces including Tate Britain, The Cass School of Art and Architecture and WOW at Royal Festival Hall. 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.  

Upcoming in Spring 2018 she will be an artist in residence at Wysing Arts Center, England and opens a new solo exhibtion at Arcadia Missa, London.


Recent Text/Features

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

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