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Edition Size 35
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TYPE:Hand-Embellished Archival Pigment Print on 290gsm Moab Fine Art Rag Paper
SIZE:18 x 8.5 Inches
RELEASE DATE:   Mar 08 2018
RUN # 02026
This RUN is hand-embellished, signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Sydney G. James and 1xRUN.
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The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 inch black wood frame with UV-glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.

"'Codeswitchonya' is a repurposed play on OutKast’s 'Stankonia' album cover. While this piece directly pays homage to my favorite hip hop group of all time, it speaks on a much larger issue. The subject in this piece is one woman painted wearing different garments with very different hair. It’s highlighting the fact that most people 'code switch' but black women in this society and beyond have to do it the most. We are constantly in the act of making those around us 'comfortable.' Be it our looks, hair, tone of voice, subtle actions or aggressive actions, we are seldom accepted as our true selves." - Sydney G. James

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Detroit-bred, Illustrative fine artist Sydney G. James began her career as an ad agency Art Director after earning her BFA with an illustration concentration from the College of Creative Studies in 2001. In 2004, Sydney relocated to Los Angeles expanding her career as a visual artist in the film and television industry, earned a masters degree in secondary art education and evolved her commercial artistry to a life as a fine artist. Sydney returned to Detroit in 2011 and since has become one of the leading creative change agents in the city participating in community arts projects, has completed murals in Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Honolulu and has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country. She was awarded a Red Bull House of Art Residency as well as a Kresge Arts Fellowship. She takes on every project with the intent to evoke emotion in her viewers and hopefully cause positive change.

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Brushstrokes that seem to be aimless lines to anyone watching Detroit native, Sydney G. James, paint are the beginnings of what will become rich, emotional portraits. Deep hues, and complex layering created with the use of acrylics, oils, pastels, graphite, and other mediums, have become signatures of her work portraying familiar, friendly and familial faces. Enchanting. Hypnotizing. Disarming. Meaningful. These are the words Sydney “creates” by. Redrawing characters from coloring books as a 3-year old artist, family road trips, the mourning of her late father as a teenaged girl, witnessing her mother’s grief, mortifying break-ups with boyfriends, arguments and triumphs with her sisters, are all memories that Sydney chooses to let cloak her. Out of those memories, and new life experiences, her artwork is conceived and born.

After earning her BFA from the College of Creative Studies in 2001, Sydney began her career as an Art Director for Global Hue Advertising Agency in Detroit primarily creating print and television advertising for major international brands. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to expand her career. Securing a staff position as resident artist for the ABC
Family show, Lincoln Heights, Sydney created all of the artwork for the set, lead character, 
Cassie, a prodigal artist in addition to other artist characters, utilizing various styles to define each personality her works represented. She has worked as an artist for several other network television shows as well as films. Sydney returned to her hometown Detroit, MI in 2011 to join the vast creative movement occurring in hopes to revitalize a great city.

Sydney’s work has been exhibited at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History, The Red Bull House of Art, Gentlemen Jack’s Art, Beats and Lyrics, and numerous exhibitions throughout Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Washington D.C., New Orleans and New York. She has a host of private collectors. Industry insiders anticipate significant interest in this artist as her star rises. Sydney shares, “My work is always personal and, I want my viewers to experience a personal connection as well.”

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