Jessica Strahan

Artist + Jessica Strahan

Jessica Strahan (b. 1980) is a painter and muralist native to and based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Self-taught, she creates portraits that amplify the African influence on New Orleans culture, from the city’s neighborhood cultural practices to its shot-gun architecture and culinary traditions to the facial features and hair stylings of its residents. Her paintings play in the parallels and dissonance between the past and the present to create windows into imagined futures. They investigate the meaning of home for a people who carry both the ancestral memory and lived experience of mass displacement – due to enslavement and Hurricane Katrina. 


Strahan’s paintings have been exhibited, collected, and published nationally and her murals color neighborhoods throughout New Orleans. From 2014 through 2017, she co-produced the annual Art Madness exhibition, as a founding member of Axiom Art Collective and Gallery. In 2016, Strahan was named Regional Winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series during Miami’s Art Basel. For her painting “Survived,” the Ogden Museum of Southern Art named her Winner and Best in Show for the 2019 Louisiana Contemporary, juried by David Breslin, the DiMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Strahan’s paintings have been exhibited at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the Joan Mitchell Center, Lemieux Gallery, the New Orleans African American Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Rush Corridor Gallery. Her murals include YAM commissioned by the Arts Council of New Orleans; Portrait of George Carter as part of the acclaimed street art exhibition ExhibitBE; Strahan’s work has been published in The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com and The Washington Post. 



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Rebecca Birtel Madura
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John Turner Painting
John Turner
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Painting
Darlene Langendonk
Science Mural
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
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MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
'Exhale' Fine Art Print
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Heather Bird Harris
Abstract #2
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
"Three O'clock Blues" homage to Gary Clark Jr.
George McClements Painting
George McClements
"Athena"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Saint of Lost Causes
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Dr. John: "The Night Tripper"
Max Bernardi Painting
Max Bernardi
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
No Coasters Needed
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Kristen Albrecht
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
Touch of Magenta - Geode
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
I am Enough
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
The Godfather of Soul
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Mardi Gras Ball
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Tylor and His Dog Lemon
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Golden Hour
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Fragility- Fine Art Print
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Temperance (XIV)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
LYRS
Gabrielle Tolliver Painting
Gabrielle Tolliver
Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
Aggressive or Soft
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
Golden Hour Heron
Lorin Vieira Painting
Lorin Vieira
Glissando
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Close Encounter
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
The Neighborhood
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
Unbroken Shadows
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Banana flower 2
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
Fallen Leaves, Prints
Josie Azuma Painting
Josie Azuma
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Leap of Faith - Original Mixed Media Abstract on Vintage Textbook Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting
Lionel Milton
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting
Gabriel Flores
Confluence of Emotions in a Field
Donald Fontenot Painting
Donald Fontenot
The Source
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Clouds Uplifting
Daryl D. Johnson Painting
Daryl D. Johnson
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
"A Rose For Jim"
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Limerita Angelica
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Shattered Shorty
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
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