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Philemon T. Reid

Phil Reid

“I create not with the intention to produce a finished piece of art, but to give nourishment to the artist within meâ€� – Phil Reid

(July 1, 1945 – June 9, 2009)

Philemon Timothy Reid was an African American Artist and recipient of a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from North Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

Reid’s love for blues and jazz, particularly musicians John Coltrane, Miles Davis and singers Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, was reflected in his colorful paintings and sculptures. Although Reid’s only formal art training was in high school, he developed his own unique style that was heavily influenced by Cubism and the artist Picasso.

“Philemon is part of an artistic movement that took hold in the 1970s that laid the foundation for Portland’s creative identity today,� according to Adrienne Flagg, creative director of North Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, where Reid’s art is prominently displayed. The IFCC’s dance studio exclusively showcases his early work. Continue reading

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