Philjames received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking) from the The National Art School, Sydney in 2002. He has been a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (’05,’06), the Dobell Prize for Drawing (‘04), The Blake Prize (’05,’14,’18), The John Fries Memorial Prize (‘12), The Kings Art Award (‘16), and the Sir John Sulman Prize (’17, ’18, 20).
In 2020 he was awarded the Waverly Art Prize and The Allan Gamble Award (Mosman Art Prize)
Group exhibitions in public institutions include Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art, curated by Andrew Frost, Galleries UNSW, Sydney; The Future’s Knot, curated by Peter Johnson, The Lock Up, Newcastle; Wondermountain, curated by Joanna Bayndrian, Penrith Regional Art Gallery; and The Boondocks Experiment: Off the beaten track, Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, and most recently participated in “The TV Show”,Woollongong Regional Art Gallery (curated by Daniel Mudie-Cunningham), “Course Stories” at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (curated by Gina Mobayed) and “Caught Stealing” at The National Art School (Curated by Jaime Tsai)
Philjames is represented by Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney, and Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne