Jowarnise

Black American Artists' Alliance of Richmond

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P. Muzi Branch

The work of graphic artist and painter, Jowarnise, explores the human condition with themes related to race, social class, and culture. Best known for her naturalistic portraits of women in eloquent poses, she often focuses on the female African American experience.

Drawing inspiration from African textile design, contemporary fashions, and urban culture, she developed a late interest in portraiture mainly in the mediums of painting and drawing after earning her BFA from Virginia State University. Jowarnise blends classical painting with her years of graphic design experience. Most of her works combine a wide range of references from classical painting, pop culture, and her personal experience.

Jowarnise’s work has been exhibited at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Meredith Gallery at Virginia State University, and at the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. She was awarded in 2012 by the National Arts Program and in 2019 by the Visual Arts Center. She lives and works in Richmond, VA.