Avant Gallery and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County partner to showcase exhibit by Nigerian artist Jacqueline Suowari
Miami, Florida – January 22, 2020 – Avant Gallery and the Arsht Center jointly present an exhibition of paintings by Nigerian artist Jacqueline Suowari as an overview of her “Body Language” series, taking place at the Arsht Center. The exhibit, which includes 6 large format pieces will be on view to the public in the lobby areas of the Ziff Ballet Opera House through March 15, 2020.
Born and based in Nigeria, Jacqueline Suowari is a full-time ballpoint pen artist and draughtswoman. Her foray into art started from the early age of five and for the past decade, she has stunned her ardent collectors with magnetic pieces which over time, have grown larger than life. Jacqueline is motivated by the power inherent in the intriguing art of drawing. The thousands of ballpoint pen strokes which make up every single piece of her work, reveal the countless hours which it takes to achieve perfection in her eyes, with a single piece sometimes taking several months to complete. In each painting, she combines various elements of design to share her experiences and inspiration with the viewers. Suowari has participated in select group exhibitions in her country and has been featured in notable domestic publications including Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah’s book “The Art of Nigerian Women”, which chronicles some of the best artists Nigeria has to offer.
Since being founded in Miami Beach in 2007, Avant Gallery has remained as committed as ever to being an exciting presence for established as well as early to mid-career contemporary artists. Avant currently operates from multiple venues: its flagship in Downtown Miami at the Epic Hotel, which also incorporates a culinary experience with the integrated LaMuse Café; at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Resort in Dubai, which features a curated salon exhibition encompassing 50,000+ square feet, conceptualized as Artmosphere®; and as of March 2019, a New York City cornerstone flagship gallery space and part of the world’s largest mixed-use development, The Shops at Hudson Yards.
For the Arsht Center, this exhibit is a continuation of its public art program, which dates back to the Center’s design phase in the 1990s when public art was baked into the plans for the building. Since opening in 2006, the Center has expanded its visual arts program by exhibiting works from artists including Miami-based Cuban artist José Bedia (2019), commissioning Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra to paint a 30-foot mural of a ballerina on the Center’s Carnival Tower (2018) and, most recently, exhibiting Hank Willis Thomas’ iconic sculpture “All Power to All People.”
The “Body Language” exhibition, organized as part of Avant Gallery’s Artmosphere® initiative for art in public places, will be on view at the Arsht Center through March 15, 2020.