There’s no genre, word or descriptor that can quite delineate New Orleans native J. Pierre’s style. Different industry jargon is fitting such as texture, outlines, abstract, expressionism, boldness, surrealism, conceptual, Rodrigue-esque and juxtaposition…however while all elements encompassed in Pierre’s strokes there is no single genre - bending word that totally enunciates the dynamic themes of vitality and vibrancy throughout J. Pierre’s art. It simply has and attracts joy to it, further invoking an emotional response from appreciators and his subjects alike. It is something that cannot be whittled into a label. It radiates life.
With over twenty years of professional visual art experience, Pierre has curated exquisite masterpieces for fine art exhibits both stateside and internationally in countries such as Iceland, Canada and Costa Rica. Most recently, he is featured in the Library of Congress for the NOLA Foundation’s historic choice of Pierre to create the city’s official Tricentennial Celebration artwork. Pierre has also been recognized by both the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Institute and the National Public Radio broadcasting group for his contributions to fine art. From his numerous previous showings including in the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, to his current Citizen of the World Series at the Longue Vue House and Gardens, to his commitment to storytelling through art with the NBA All Star program, Pierre has a joie de vivre like no other.
Pierre’s passion for cultural advocacy and commitment are clear drivers of his work, including the likes of Pierre’s involvement with New Orleans’ own annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, his juried exhibitions for Red Bull and Prospect 3 and 4, as well as his work hanging in all corners of the world - especially in those of the host countries of his completed highly competitive artist-in-residency programs.
From his roots as a New Orleans graffiti artist, to his elite technique in painting original works, J. Pierre also channels his talent into live performance paintings, community murals and commissioned works.