The Art of Gemology

An exhibit featuring the artwork of Neena Buxani

Artist Statement

My work allows me to spread positivity through the use of vivid colors in subject matter ranging from abstracted gemstones to representational flora and fauna. I find myself continually drawn to these subjects primarily from my multicultural background as an Indian-American artist raised on the border of Mexico and also my professional experience in the jewelry industry. These deep-rooted aesthetic inclinations have found their way into my work and are much of what I believe makes my art both distinctive and personal.

 

I currently work with alcohol inks, acrylic paint, and mixed media as it allows me to create a variety of textures, as well as add depth to the tones and lines in my paintings. My gemstone paintings are fluid and flecked with gold throughout for an overall luxe and shimmering effect. In these works, I let loose by blending the inks directly on the surface of the paper or board while they lay flat on the floor. In pieces where I want to incorporate realism, I often combine the marbleized fluid effect from my gemstone paintings with realistic subject matter found in nature, creating a marriage of two different styles.

 

When I am immersed in my creative process, it brings me joy that I can express my authentic self through my subjects and the use of bold colors. My aim is that in seeing and connecting with my work, others are inspired to do the same. Ultimately, my intention is that my art conveys positive energy to viewers and collectors on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio

 

Neena Buxani is an Indian-American artist who was raised on the border of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas. She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two boys.

Neena's educational and professional background is diverse. She has a B.S. in Advertising and Speech Communications and an M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Gemological Certification from GIA. She has worked as a substance abuse counselor, jewelry buyer, loan officer, jewelry store owner and general manager for a hotel. Her multifaceted background and multicultural upbringing has helped to shape her vision as a self- taught artist.

Neena’s work has been featured in various publications such as EASTside Magazine, the Bluehost Artist Spotlight, the KXAN Artist Spotlight, the Brown State of Mind Blog, and CandyFloss Magazine. Her paintings have been represented by Tommy Bahama Home, PxP Contemporary, Austin Art Garage and Showfields. She has served as a curator for “Celebrations” in Texas State University and her work has been on display at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

 

 

You're invited! Join us at The Arts Council on May 6 for an opening reception. Come meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, view the current exhibits, and get to know some of our performing arts affiliates!

The Art of Gemology will be on display at The Arts Council April 6 - July 9, 2022.