Visual artist and fashion model, Goldsmiths graduate Phoebe Collings-James is an upcoming artist who’s one to watch.
Known for her work as a 33-year-old and a fashion model, Goldsmiths graduate Phoebe Collings-James has excelled in both industries. Born in London but now living and working in New York, Phoebe has modelled for labels such as Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton and has also exhibited her work at several galleries worldwide, including Company Gallery NYC Arcadia Missa and The Tate in London and Cookie Butcher in Antwerp.
British artist Phoebe Collings-James is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, painting and video. Collings-James chooses to use her whole body to create her images, whether by using it to spread oil paint on an unstretched canvas, crushing eggs with her feet or stepping on ivory black pigment and tracing her footprints on it.
Her work profoundly explores the notions of violence, sexuality, desire, and beauty, and she further explores feminism and contemporary art through her web platform Cunt Today.
Even though she started modelling at a young age, this didn’t mean that she left the modelling life behind. She has established herself as not only a hugely credible force within the art world but has been taken under the wing of the fashion industry. Having been featured in British and US Vogue, LOVE, Tatler, i-D, Dazed & Confused, GQ Style, L’Officiel, Twin Magazine, Hero and Wonderland, she also walked for the S/S 14 Sister by Sibling show at London Fashion Week.
One of her favourite mediums is ceramics and contemporary mediums. Immediately struck by the intensely transformative quality of ceramics and the haptic communication it encourages, she continued to study wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques while living in Brooklyn, enveloping ceramic forms into performance work, installations and domestic objects.
According to her website, Mudbelly ceramics studio began as a personal practice and research outlet but has since grown to encompass a shop and a roaming teaching facility offering free ceramics courses for people of colour in London, taught by Black ceramicists.
Recently Phoebe Collings-James exhibited her work at a ceramics & contemporary art fair at Two Temple Place in central London, which ran from Jan 29 to April 24, 2022.