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Education

B.A Fine Art and Design (Painting), University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Selected One-Artist Exhibition

Jacqueline Suowari: Body Language, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida, USA. (November 29th 2019 – February 9th 2020).

Selected Group Exhibition
2019 - Art New York Modern + Contemporary Art fair, New York, USA. - There Goes the Neighborhood: New Art for The New, New York. Avant Gallery, New York, USA - Avant Gallery, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA.

2018 - Avant Gallery, Art Miami, Florida, USA. - Collecta, Avant Gallery, Florida, USA. - New Frames, Society of Nigerian Artist, Rivers State, NG. - Sisters, The Art of Nigerian Women, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Ohio, USA.

2017 - New Frames, Society of Nigerian Artist, Rivers State, NG. - Be Bold for Change, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos State, NG. - The Affordable Art Auction, Art House Contemporary Ltd. Lagos State, NG.

2016 - Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Art in the House, F.C.T. Abuja, NG. - Pledge for Parity, FEEAN, F.C.T. Abuja, NG.

2015 - Modern and contemporary Art Auction, Art House Contemporary Ltd, Lagos, NG. - Modern and contemporary Art Auction, Art House Contemporary Ltd, Lagos, NG. - Women make it happen, FEAAN, F.C.T. Abuja, NG.
2014 - Home Coming, Art in the House, F.C.T. Abuja, NG. - Interventions, National Art Competition, African Artists Foundation and Nigerian Breweries, Lagos, (Finalist)NG. - Building goodwill and better friendship, American Embassy Abuja in collaboration with Open Mic Forum, Federal ministry of tourism culture and national orientation and Federal Capital Territory Administration, F.C.T. Abuja, NG. - Women in National Development, FEAAN, F.C.T. Abuja, NG. - Expression of interests... the rise of creativity, Art in the House, F.C.T. Abuja, NG.

2013 - Nigerian Tribute to Lorca, Visual Arts Competition, Spanish Embassy, F.C.T. Abuja, NG. - Art burst, Society of Nigerian Artists, Rivers State, NG. - Plights of women, FEAAN, F.C.T. Abuja, NG.

2012 - Issues of the moment, Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) Exhibition, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, NG.

2011 - Awakening, National Gallery of Art, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG. - The Bayelsa State Art and Craft Tourism Expo, NG. - “A Decade of Realistic Art Texture” - Female Artists Association of Nigeria 10th Anniversary - Art Exhibition, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG. - Strings of hope, FEAAN Exhibition, Port Harcourt Rivers State, NG.

2009 - Frame Masters Miniature Art Exhibition, Lagos State, NG.
Awards and Acknowledgements

2014 Award of Excellent Performance, Society of Nigerian Artists.

2009 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.

2008 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.

2007 Award of Excellence, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.

Public Engagements

2019 Panelist: “Tiny Shoulders - Rethinking Barbie”, International Institute for Creative Development in collaboration with the American Film Showcase and the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria.

Speaker and Panelist: TEDxRiversStateUniversity: “Where We Ought to Be”, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NG.

2016 Speaker: Universal Studios of Art, Lagos State, NG.

Artist's Statement

I am fascinated by the human form and it's ability to express emotions that communicate feelings in a verbal and non verbal way.
Using the human figure as a motif, that spans across the design of the series, I re-interpret the traditional notion of portraiture and painting using drawn monochromatic figures made with ballpoint pen and ink in flat bold acrylic color backgrounds on large scale paper. I use paper as a reflection of life; it is precious, strong and yet very fragile.
I employ a method of shading which I refer to as 'layering' and I use this 'layering' as a metaphor for the process of self actualization and coming into the consciousness of individual identity.
Each piece is a visual expression of emotions and experiences. The colors are deliberately bright as a metaphor for "Happiness, peace and contentment" juxtaposed within a theme of Afro urban style and pop culture to tell a story of confidence, self awareness and determination in a world where cultural concepts and systems are transient.

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