THE VIBE: The art, the influence and the brand of painter Keith Phillips

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Keith Phillips continuous goal is to produce art that inspires, connects, and teach through The Black Box Art Gallery brand. He showcases his artwork locally every Saturday off Broadway Street in Uptown from 9:30 p.m.-12 p.m.

Phillips has presented his art to some high profile people throughout the years such as Daymond John of Fubu, Rapper T.I. of Grand Hustle, Rapper and activist David Banner, Less Brown motivation speaker, Peggy Jenkins singer, and many more.

Phillips journey began in the late 1970s right down south, and he says it had a profound impact on his cultural view. Phillip parents always made sure to teach him about the Civil Rights Movement and civil liberties was a constant conversation in his house. He says his parents instilled a foundation of pride in his culture and continuous self-determination that is evident in his art.

Phillips says his art hustle began at a very young age. He would sketch cars and cartoon characters on others notebooks to buy popsicles and pizzas for lunch. Years later, he received an art scholarship to a local community college. He says art history was the class that truly opened his eyes.

The fast-growing age of computers and the internet led him to pursue a trade in graphic design printing technology from the local technical college. This led him into a screen printing and graphic design partnership business. Phillips combines his knowledge of painting, sketching, and drawing with his graphic design skills. He had the great pleasure of designing: logos, ads, t-shirts, signage magazines for the next decade for the Columbus community.

He is the founder of The Black Box Art Gallery brand. Phillips enjoys connecting with other artists by hosting Black Box Art mixers. These mixers are all about connecting local artist with each other and the Columbus community.

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