Tien Jameson is a native New Yorker who resides in Jamaica, Queens and spends her winters in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.She is a mixed media artist who comes from a family of artists and grew up watching her mother, Marcia Jameson, paint. Tien’s work has been exhibited at the Bloomingdale’s Arts Alive exhibit in Garden City, NY; the National Arts Club in Manhattan, NY; the Great Neck Public Library in Great Neck, NY; the Dorsey Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; the Walsh Metalworks Gallery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; the Gureje Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; the Moonchild Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; the RonGio Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; and the Westbeth Galleries in SoHo, NY.
Tien retired after teaching art for nineteen years in the New York City school system. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College and a Masters in Art Education from Queens College. Tien finds inspiration from the art and symbolism used in African, Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures. She believes that mixed media offer endless opportunities to explore unlimited approaches to art.
Inyoni means “bird” in Zulu. A bird in flight is considered to be a universal emblem of freedom and I used the liberation struggles of my African and Native American ancestors as inspiration for this work. In Native American cultures, a bird’s feathers represent freedom as well as trust, strength, wisdom and honor. I have incorporated symbols of freedom throughout this work, including Ozella quilt codes that were created by enslaved Africans to secretly guide each other to freedom on the Underground Railroad.