Upstairs Expo

Hillsborough Last Friday

March 31st  6-9pm

Phelps Phine Art @

Paynter Law 

106 South Churton Street

Suite 200


North Carolina 27278

I moved to Hillsborough eleven years of age in the deep country towards North Durham and Bahama, surrounded by trees and fields where my dreams gave no yield. Music, Creative Writing, and Art spiraled my sensations as I frolicked in the nature around and explored the country roads from Roxboro, Yanceyville, and Danville to the familiar Triangle. In 2009, I moved to Hickory for Lenoir-Rhyne University in pursuit of poetry and left with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art with minors in Art Therapy, Creative Writing, and Psychology. In 2015, I landed an art studio in Durham Arts Place (est. ’98), regular in art walks and downtown events, took at two-year pandemic hiatus, and made a comeback in August 2022.


Also, I am an instructor in art, outdoor recreation: swimming and paddling, and an organic food clerk down the road at Weaver Street Market.


What an honor it is to hold my first indoor art exhibition in my hometown. Hailing from the hills to the downtown borough. Exhibiting above the historical Blue Bayou Club, where at the time, my underaged talented friends jammed the blues on guitars, bass, and drums.


Upstairs Expo treats viewers to a diverse arrangement: paintings mostly hand built and stretched: Mystical Deco, Meditative Voids, Cosmic Florals, Critters and Archetypes. Small and large standard sized matts sleeved and framed of critters and nature & black light nature! Also included are free show tags, recycled bag tags from your local COOP.

Photo Credit: 8bit.photog #durhambeat 

This is a new website which is still in the works. 

View my previous website for a wider portfolio:

Phelps Phine Art

305 East Chapel Hill St.

Durham, NC 27701

(Back of Block)


2023 Exhibitions:



Defying Space

3rd Friday 6-9pm, January 20th



Zoological Retrospective

3rd Friday 6-9pm, February 17th



Cubist Critters

Spring Art Market

Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 12-6pm

March 4th & 5th

3rd Friday 6-9pm, March 17th


Upstairs Expo

Hillsborough Last Friday

March 31st 6-9pm

Paynter Law 

106 S Churton Street

Ste 200

Hillsborough, NC 27278


Aqua Motus

3rd Friday 6-9pm, April 21st



Cosmic Florals

3rd Friday 6-9pm, May 19th

Phelps Phine Art is Julian Phelps who is an abstract painter exploring the mysteries in nature. I work through the mediums: enamel, oil & cold-wax, and mixed media. My artworks range from miniature to enormous on 2D & 3D surfaces, all hand-painted originals for affordable prices. Within nature, I paint what you can see and depict what cannot be seen: floral & tribal designs, dreamy nature & critters, energy & movement.

My studio, Phelps Phine Art, is located in the beating heart of downtown Durham, 

in the back entry of Durham Arts Place

305 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, North Carolina, United States

Studio open hours are on Durham 3rd Fridays 6-9pm, downtown events, and by appointment.   

During studio openings, there is usually exterior art in the open alley in between Foster & Holland Street, then (literally) through a hole and then another hole behind one of Durham's last historical brick walls is Phelps Phine Art Studio.

The front studio presents selected paintings in an all white painted room, and the back studio is my ongoing Black Light Installation, "Walk in Depth," which is an all black painted room. 

"Walk in Depth" is an immersive installation that explores mental and physical space through fluorescent painting and black lighting. Pictures are encouraged. Wear white/light colored clothing & you will glow!

It is ongoing and continuously transforming since November 2017.