I consider myself a figurative painter who works in both mixed media and oils. I grew up in a small town in Catahoula Parish, bounced around to Pineville and Natchitoches, and finally found my home in New Orleans in 2014. Art has always been my passion and something that I've wanted to pursue as a career path. I have a BFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in painting from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA and an MA in Visual Arts from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. I am thrilled to be a part of a city that so fully and openly embraces art and culture! Currently, I'm living in River Ridge. I would love to have my own gallery and studio space in New Orleans.
Largely, my work is concerned with the ability of seemingly disconnected imagery to connect memory and emotion. I am currently working with materials of different transparencies and textures to build stories within images that are simultaneously personal and universally connecting.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Finding the beauty.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans?
I love the interaction that people have with this city. People live and breathe as a part of New Orleans in a way that I've never experienced before. The energy of this city is great and one of the best parts of creating art in New Orleans is definitely getting to know other New Orleans artists. There's inspiration everywhere.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Before beginning any new individual works or just settling in to paint, I walk Henry, my dachshund mix. Being outside and moving around for a bit helps me to focus in on what I need to do before a few hours of standing at a canvas. I do talk to Henry while I paint; patient little guy just lays by my feet and listens.
Before beginning a new series, I like to compile ideas: to write, to sketch. Of course, these things always change and evolve in the making, but it's a good way to start off with some direction!
I often paint to music. It's always albums I've listened to over and over, just melodies to help keep me energized. Very frequently, it's Cake, David Bowie, or The Velvet Underground.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from people and from relationships. This city is full of so many fascinating individuals who have deep, complex relationships with the symbols and history of this part of Louisiana. I like looking for beauty and compassion in unexpected places, and this is a great place to do it.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I have been very lucky to have had excellent teachers in my life, who have encouraged me and turned me on to new artists and new art. I try to take away a little bit of something from everything I learn and come in contact with. Artists I love and respect don't always match the style of work I am doing, but Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, and Kathe Kolowitz are my top figurative influences.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
When I'm not creating art, I'm walking my dog and studio companion, Henry, or hanging out with close friends and family. I love parks, and we have some great ones here. Maybe you'll catch me running around City Park or Audubon!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
My favorite time of day is just before dawn. It reminds me of road trips with my mom and feels like the time of day with the most possibility.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I never really ate seafood until moving to New Orleans! Then I went to Seither's. I'd been missing a whole world of food!
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
You can see some of my work in person at Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, at 535 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.
My work is also sold at Zele, a multidisciplinary art market, at 2841 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115.
I'm also out, in person, selling my work at the Frenchmen Art Market at 619 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.
Beyond that, you can also see my work online at www.jordanbwade.com