Sydney G. James
Detroit-bred and based Interdisciplinary Artist and 2017 Kresge Fellow Sydney G. James.Primarily known for large murals, Sydney’s work explores themes of the racial and genderpositioning of the black woman in America as “last” or “least among others” in society. Herportraits and murals seek to reposition this narrative of the black woman’s visibility andimportance bringing them to the forefront of the conversation. Sydney has completed murals inDetroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Brooklyn, Denver, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Long Beach,Ghana, Sierra Leonne, and Nepal.
Sydney is a co-founder of the biannual BLKOUT Walls street mural festival whichdebuted in Detroit in 2021. Sydney's artwork is featured by major marketing
brands looking for authentic cultural connection. Brands include: Vans shoes,PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company, GM, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, as well as beingone of the faces of the Lip Bar brand of cosmetics.