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Jess Owens-Young

Jess Owens-Young is a visual artist and researcher. She is inspired by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Alice Neel, Elizabeth Catlett, William Henry Johnson, Romare Bearden, Henry Taylor, Barkley Hendricks, and Amy Sherald, among others. Jess mainly paints using acrylics and also uses oil pastels and charcoal on canvas and paper, including scrapbook papers.


Her focus is on portraiture; most of the portraits she paints are imaginative, yet relate to the lived experiences of Black women, men, and children in the US. Her work is featured in private collections across the US and internationally. Works by Jess have been most recently exhibited at the Columbia Arts Center and Chesapeake Arts Center galleries. Jess is a self-taught artist and is constantly experimenting and learning to improve her techniques and hone her style.

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