I am a contemporary multidisciplinary artist who enjoys working in mixed media, embroidery and paint exploring both large scale projects and smaller more intimate work. The aim of my practice is to produce thought provoking artwork that comments on social and environmental injustice. These are often topics that, as a society we feel uncomfortable addressing but are necessary for positive change.
Initially, I had dreams and aspirations of becoming a hyper realistic painter and mainly focusing on capturing someone's essence in their portrait, however, after coming to the United States to pursue an education and career in the arts, I discovered a deeper passion for activism and the ability to use my artwork to evoke change and unity in society.
Since graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2020, my work has caught the eyes of Art directors in top publications such as TIME and the Washington Post. I was commission to produce the hand embroidered flag that appears on the cover of the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020 of TIME, also commissioned by the Washington Post to capture the history made by Vice President Kamala Harris and even appeared as a keynote speaker for Adobe MAX; sharing my journey and emphasizing the importance of art as a vehicle for activism.
My unique hand embroidery work has also been featured in Colossal magazine, The Jealous Curator blog, The American Craft Council, Embroidery Mag UK and Domestika. I hope to inspire other young aspiring artists to experiment, pursue their dreams and create art that tells a story.
Growing up in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago to be exact, was one of the main factors that has molded Nneka Jones into the artist she is today. Her astounding love for color and special attention to detail, as influenced by her culture, have always been prominent throughout her artistic journey.
The twenty-four-year old artist has graduated with a BFA and minor in Marketing from the University of Tampa in May 2020. One of her most recent achievement was a commission from TIME magazine to produce the cover artwork for the August 31st/ September 7th issue 2020. The artist is now speaking at events like Adobe MAX, inspiring others by sharing how she turned her doubts, into dreams, and made those dreams into reality. She uses her artwork as a tool to speak out against social injustices that are overlooked in everyday life and have viewers stop and internalize the messages within her pieces.
She quotes, “There is the artwork, the meaning behind the artwork and the story that the artwork tells.” She believes that her artistic journey has only just begun and she is eager to explore her creative purpose in life, to reach her ultimate goal of being an internationally renowned artist.
2021 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (51st, Virtual Show)- Board of Directors Award
2020 Contemporary Fiber in Florida
Florida Craft Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Fl. Best in Show
Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Tampa, FL. Roddy Brownlee Reed Award of Artistic Excellence
2019 AKMA Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
The Albrecht- Kemper Museum, Missouri. Best in Show
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Student Juried Show
Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl. Honorable Mention
The Gasparilla Festival of Arts
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Fl. Best Emerging Artist
Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition
Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl. First Place
2017 Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition
Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.
2016 Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition
Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.
Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition
The Vaughn Center, Tampa FL. First Place
2014 Women in Art Organization, Biennial Art Competition
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Women in Art Trophy (Experimental), Honorable Mention (Scultpure)
2021 REVERBERATIONS- Scarfone Hartley Gallery
REVERBERATIONS – The James Museum
St. Petersburg, FL
Ferman Center for the Arts- Alumni Exhibit
Athletes/ Artists and Causes, Project GOAT Charity Art Auction
The Ferman Arts Center- Grand Opening (Permanent Collection)
2020 Florida CraftArt Festival- Craft with a Twist
Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Fl.
Morean Arts Center- SHINE Mural Artists
St. Petersburg, Fl.
SHINE Mural Festival
St. Petersburg, Fl.
Women: A Study in Visual Diversity
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Fl.
Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival
CREATE, The Art of Expression
THJA Event Center, Tampa, FL.
2019 UT Body Campaign Exhibition
Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.
Kent State Exchange, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
2021 Project GOAT Art Auction- Anonymous collector placed bid for “Yellow Light Shooting Range”
The Washington Post- Commissioned Portrait of VP Kamala D. Harris for special inauguration section
2020 Ferman Arts Center University of Tampa, Tampa, Fl. Permanent Collection
Florida CraftArt Gallery, St. Petersburg, Fl. Permanent Collection
TIME Magazine, Special commissioned image for cover of Aug/ Sept 2020 issue.
Ashley Longstore, Artist- Purchased “Red Light District II”
Amy Tingle- Northport, ME. Purchased “Green Light”
Steven Loloi- Dallas, Texas. Purchased “Yellow Light”
Evan Schwartz- Bloomfield , NJ. Purchased “Red Light”
Neil Gobioff- Tampa, Fl. Purchased “Shooting Range Target” and “Dartboard Target”
Shawna S. Baker- Tulsa, OK. Purchased “Colorism”
2019 Dean of College of Arts and Letters, David Gudelunas- Purchased “The Power of Words” NASAD show, Scarfone/ Hartley.
Tiffanie Clegg - Purchased “Self Portrait II”, Gasparilla Festival of Arts.
Jordan Morgenstern - Purchased “Target I and Target III”, Gasparilla Festival.
General Peter J. Schoomaker, ROTC and Athletics Building, Tampa, Fl. – This building is home to the collaborative mural completed with ROTC program.
Awards and Recognition
2021 Board of Directors Award- Gasparilla Festival of Arts (GFA), Tampa, Fl.
2020 First Place -Contemporary Fiber in Florida, Florida Craft Art, St. Petersburg, Fl.
Roddy Brownlee Reed, Award of Artistic Excellence- Gasparilla Festival of Arts 2020 third place award.
Charlene Gordan Award for Most Outstanding Student- Graduated Top of the Art Program
2019 Best of show- Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.
William O’Dowd Memorial Emerging Artist Award - Gasparilla Festival of Arts 2019 Best of show award for the emerging artist program.
First Place, Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition- Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery, Tampa, Fl.
Original Unique Work
Encaustic wax and oil paint on panel using a monochromatic color scheme
Encaustic on Panel
16" x 20"
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