"My paintings reflect the transience of life with references to conciousness which encompasses time, memory, experience and identity" -Niarus

Artist Statement

My work takes on various manifestations from still-life and figurative paintings and drawings to sculpture which are physical symbols of things that are ethereal such as memories and experiences. Every image is metaphoric and  represents the mystery of experience and memories. Memories and experiences are tied to consciousness and  identity. Objects that people collect become like reliquary and hold memories on which identity is built.

I enjoy the juxtaposition of unrelated  and perhaps obscure objects to create new narratives  or a retelling of old narratives form a new perspective.  I hope to relate to those deep subconscious thoughts  and make the invisible visible.

I work in mixed media, water color,  oils, acrylic and drawing media because I find that certain mediums are better suited to a particular story and the spirit of the idea chooses that medium.

Bio

Niarus Walker  is a visual artist, art educator and curator and was born in the Dominica, W.I, the land of 365 rivers and amazing outdoor experiences.  She received a BFA form Moore College of Art and Design, Philadephia and an MS in Art Education from Florida State University.

Niarus has been a practicing artist for 25 years and had exhibited locally, nationally and Internationally including the United States and Demark. Her works are primarily in private collections. She has curated a number of exhibitions and has had solo and group exhibition over the 25 years.

Niarus was the house curator for the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on St. Croix and is affiliated with Top Hat Gallery on St. Croix and Bajo Del Sol in St. John, USVI

Niarus is currently working on a project called TAKE5-V.I. a platfomr for enhancement and promotion of artists who live and work in the Virgin Islands of the United States.

Niarus currently lives and works on St. Croix, USVI, the island of beautiful sandy white beaches and great outdoor adventures. 

BIO and CV

CV

EDUCATION

2004-2006      

Florida State University, Ms in Art Education

 1995-2004      

University of the Virgin Islands, Continuing Ed. in Education and Psychology           

2003               

University of Phoenix Online, Continuing Education in Psychology

1989-1994      

Moore College of Art and Design, BFA Fashion Design and Construction /Painting

WORK EXPERIENCE

2015-2018

University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus

2014-2017   

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts        

Exhibition designer/Curator                                                             

Board Member and Volunteer

2006-Present 

VI Department of Education, Art Dept. Chairperson     

           

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (St. Croix, USVI)

2017                 In Contemplation of the collective Consciousness     Peach Can Gallery

2014                Built to Last…                                    Walsh Metal Works Gallery                         

2008               Untitled                                              Danica Art Gallery                                       

2003                The Rock in My Head                      Walsh Metal Works Gallery                          

2002                Untitled                                             The GoldWorker                                           

1998                 Niarus                                                Fort Frederik Gallery                                    

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018               Animism and The Colonial Imagination                                                                St. Croix, USVI

2018                Rebirth of the Spirit                                                                                                 St. Croix, USVI

2017                Invisible Heritage:Transfer 2017    Curated by Monica Marin                           St. Croix, USVI

2015                Woman to Woman Curated by Janet Cook-Rutnik                                              St. Croix, USVI

2015                 Anatomy of An Heirloom                Top Hat Gallery                                            St. Croix, USVI

2014                Blurred Lines                                     CMCArts                                                       St. Croix, USVI

2013                Guardians of Culture                        CMCArts                                                       St. Croix, USVI

2012                Canegata Art Show                           Canegata Community Ctr                          St. Croix, USVI

2007               Art Educators’ Exhibit                       CMCArts                                                      St. Croix, USVI

2005               17th Annual Exhibition                      Gadsen Art Center,                                     Qunicy, FL

2005               Art Center Exhibit                              FSU Union Center                                      Tallahassee, FL

2005               Art Educators’ Exhibit,                       FSU Union Center,                                    Tallahassee, FL

2005               City Hall Exhibit                                  City Hall                                                      Tallahassee, FL

1994, 1999-2004        

Caribbean Fine Arts Exhibit                                    Good Hope School                                      St. Croix, USVI

1998                Intercambio Artistico                        CDS Gallery                                                 St. Croix, USVI

1998                Country Day Exhibit                         CDS Gall  ery                                                St. Croix, USVI

1996                Figuratively Speaking                       Penthany Co-op                                          St. Croix, USVI


CURATED EXHIBITIONS  - St. Croix, USVI 

2019

Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Friendship (VIPR)- Mascaras Y Ritmos

Fabric of Caribbean Consciousness (Top Hat Gallery)

2018

VIPR-En la Casa de mi amigo (Collection from the Wilfred Labiosa Gallery)

2014            

Stuart Rames: The Color and Texture of Culture (CMCArts)                     

Blurred Lines (CMCArts)                                                                                  

The Harrowing of Hell (CMCArts)                                                                 

Built to Last (Walsh Metal Works Gallery)                                                   

2015               

The Collector’s Edition (CMCArts)                                   

 

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

2015                Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters

2012                My Grandma Loves to play by Oyoko Loving                                               

                        (Book Illustration)

2012                St. Croix this Week (April and May Covers)                                                 

2005               Gadsden Arts Center 2nd place Juried Award                                          

2005               Mary Lou and Ernestine Kuhn Scholarship                                        

2004               Morris F. de Castro Fellowship                                                                     

2004               Alpha Delta Kappa Visual Arts Award                                                          

2003                Robert Rauschenburg Power of Art Workshop                                              

2000, 01, 03, 04, 05 Island Art and Soul Calendar                                                              

1999                 1999 Ed. The Caribbean Writer                                                           

1992                Sara Peter Travel scholarship to Indonesia

GALLERY AFFILIATONS

Top Hat Gallery, St. Croix

Bajo El Sol, St. John

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