Award-Winning Painter P. Smallwood is best known for his signature watercolor paintings Lifescapes, a powerful form of portraiture and visual narratives.  In these works, Smallwood portrays the subject within his or her natural environment, carefully manipulated to evoke an emotional connection with the viewer. Through composition, line, form, and finely finished surfaces, P. Smallwood creates compelling portraits that convey a feeling about how the subjects live their lives.

This exhibition is an accomplishment and impactful for an artist of Smallwood’s caliber and as a Black artist. Debuting at The Butler Institute of American Art on December 26, 2021, and ending on February 27, 2022, with an artist Meet and Greet on February 6, 2022. 1:00-3:00PM. The Butler Institute of American Art is the first museum dedicated exclusively to American art. This exhibit will allow you to experience an intimate and inspiring view of Smallwood’s new art pieces along with current pieces.


“Although the timing is everything, I will say that this opportunity came about based upon long-term relationships that I have garnered over the years with various museum art curators and CEOs.  I am determined to continue my quest for other equally as prestigious museum exhibits either nationally as well as abroad.” – P. Smallwood

As a part of his continually developing repertoire, Smallwood is currently at work on still life paintings and large-scale landscapes. As a representational painter, the artist feels it is important to be able to navigate the full spectrum of images, affectionately referred to as “the places and the things.”

About P. Smallwood Art, LLC

Philip Smallwood has been blending imagination, reality, and social consciousness for more than 20 years, with a steadily increasing level of recognition for his work. Known primarily for his enduring series called “Lifescapes,” Smallwood is a visual storyteller whose narratives embrace “real people living real, honest, imperfect, and totally unrehearsed lives,” that merge color with a shadow, focus with juxtaposition, and gravity with irony. Smallwood has been represented at such esteemed artistic venues as the Carol Craven Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard, the Bryant Gallery in New Orleans, Carolina Gallery in Charleston, S.C., and Paul Calendrillo New York. Numerous group exhibitions have included Manhattan’s Studio Museum in Harlem, the Springfield Museum in Springfield, MO, Parrish Museum in Southampton N.Y., the Monmouth Museum in Monmouth, N.J., Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, FL. Having received Honors from the American Watercolor Society, ‘The Budd and Gretchen Marble Award,’ the Robert Vickrey Memorial Award from the Springfield Art Museum, ‘Best in Show’ at the International Art Expo in Philadelphia, first prize from the New Jersey Watercolor Society, and a special congressional honor from Bergen County, N.J. for his work in its ‘Art of Soul’ exhibition.


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