Vanessa Jones is a Dublin-based figurative painter who in 2021 received a first-class honours for her MFA at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. While attending, she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award in both 2019 and 2021 in support of her studies; and in November, she was awarded the RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency and the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award as a part of the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition for recent graduates at the RHA. In addition to this, her painting Cabbage Baby was awarded Highly Commended in the Zurich Portrait Prize, 2021 at the National Gallery in Ireland.
Born in Tennessee, Vanessa received her BA in Fine Arts in 2003 from the George Washington University in Washington DC where she was the recipient of the Presidential Art Scholarship from 1999-2003. She has worked at the Frick Collection in New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin. She is now an Assistant Lecturer in the Painting Department at NCAD.