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Grace painting in her studio in San Diego

About Grace Phillips

Grace Phillips, renowned South African artist and calligrapher, has exhibited her award-winning paintings and calligraphy in the U.S.A. & abroad over the years, and has had several one-woman shows.

Her work was featured in an exhibition in La Jolla, California, entitled “Jewish Women, A Lifetime of Art” which opened on March 19 and ran until May 16, 2008.

Grace Phillips lived in San Diego, California. Since coming to the United States from South Africa, she has been very much involved in the art world, and was President of the El Cajon Art Association, and Vice President of the San Diego Watercolor Society.

Her early work features portraits of young African men and women, Market scenes, indigenous South African fauna, flora, and landscapes of ‘The Veldt”, “Zoo Lake”, Cape Town Seascapes and many others.

Her artwork has been inspired by the vibrant colors of nature and include florals, botanicals and landscapes as well as typical South African flowers such as Protea & Red Hot Pokers.

During her travels she was intrigued by city scapes and building roof tops. Her watercolors and oils capture the energy of cityscapes whether in New York City, Old Town San Diego, Tokyo, Paris, Spain and Thailand.

A Her love of the alphabet is seen in various calligraphic renditions, including a HERBAL ABECADARIUM, where each letter of the alphabet and a matching herb or spice is described and written out in calligraphy in pen and ink, and the images are painted in watercolors.

The largest poster company in America, BRUCE MCGAW INC, published this piece and it is still featured in their catalog along with other botanical works of art by Grace.

Amongst her commissions are Illuminated Scrolls of Honor for dignitaries, V.I.P.’s and State Presidents, as well the Int’l Philatelic Society’s presentation to H. M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Her original covers for BLIMEY MAGAZINE – a magazine for the South African troops at the time of WWII shows her sketching ability and sense of humor, with very
sensual portrayals of young ladies -WACS- something that the young troops enjoyed!

Grace enjoys painting in mixed media, and paints in acrylics, collages, watercolor, pen and ink, and oils. She has also designed paintings and calligraphy on porcelains. Her
work is varied – full of color, form, composition and light!

Most of the private art collection now resides as a tribute and memory to Grace Phillips on this website: