Phillips use of watercolor for the 32 Charleston Supported Art monotypes has deepened her conceptual and studio processes.

“The fugitive quality of the paint inheres within the work the transience and ontological vulnerability of the lived life.” – Jennifer Henriques Phillips

Jennifer Henriques Phillips was born in Jamaica into a Sephardi family.  Her grandfather was an artist and architect of note on the island and she developed an early interest in art. She was educated in Jamaica, Switzerland, and Paris where she studied at the School of Oriental Language at the Sorbonne. After living and working in London and Jamaica, she settled in Charleston.  Throughout her travels, she retained her interest in art, taking classes and workshops but circumstances prevented her from entering into the formal study of art.  In Charleston, she took her degree in Fine Arts at the College of Charleston, graduating summa cum laude, winning the Carolina De Fabritis Scholarship Award twice, the Fine Arts Award, and a Liquitex Materials Award.

In 2009, she was invited to a residency at Wildacres, NC where she continued to develop the conceptual underpinnings of her work. In 2009, Phillips received a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission. In 2010, she was awarded a grant by the Puffin Foundation. Phillips has exhibited in group shows locally and regionally. Her first solo show, “Building Babylon (is woman’s work)” opened in 2010. Phillips serves as docent for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s education program “Looking to See.” She is married and lives and works on Johns Island.

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