Jowarnise blends classical figure painting techniques with her years of graphic design experience to create bold, colorful works primarily with acrylic. She utilizes the female form to explore the human condition as it relates to race, social class, femininity, and culture.
Jowarnise has been honing her skills in painting since 2018. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in graphic design from Virginia State University in 2012, she developed an interest in figure painting.
She has consistently exhibited work in galleries and museums since 2012, including the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, the Poe Museum, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. She was awarded in 2012 by the National Arts Program and in 2019 by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her art is in private collections and the VCU Health Arts in Healthcare permanent collection.
I paint when my words fail to convey a progression fully that I both experience and bear witness to. With each painting, I push past self-imposed boundaries like society slowly breaks long-held beliefs that limit women and ethnicities.
My work shares the stories of a progression underway at the intersection of ethnicity and gender that transcends limitations and reveals endless possibilities which impact my development
Transcending, my solo exhibition at BRUN, a chic whiskey and cigar lounge in The Fan of Richmond, VA is on show from October 5 through October 31, 2022. The closing showcase is on October 27 from 6 - 9 pm at BRUN, 203 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220.