JESSICA LEVANT is a native San Franciscan who spent 30 years living in New York and London. When she returned to the Bay Area in the late 90s, she re-designed her career and therefore the rest of her life. As an artist, she is mainly self-taught, though has availed herself to various art classes over the years, and has of course learned from every artist and every piece of art she admires. She defines her Photo Art as ‘unexpected views of the ordinary and ordinary views of the unexpected’. She is drawn to shapes, juxtapositions, shadows and white space – and visual irony, mostly in urban settings. She has an eye for and a penchant for the quirky. Her mixed media pieces are all about shapes and textures and are largely abstract.
The silver lining to the 2020 Shelter In Place regimen of Covid-19 was to provide months of unending days in which to explore a new direction. In the first 5 months of SIP Jessica created over three dozen mixed media collages – and does not plan to stop. Please see the MIXED MEDIA link on this site to explore.
Jessica also sometimes combines her art with her other passion: live jazz. She has documented Bay Area jazz musicians in two photo books, is often called upon to photograph bands or individuals, has become a regular jazz photographer at live performances, and more recently has created a body of ‘Music Art’ including the ‘Sounds of Jazz” series and her “Chameleon Jazz Project”. (See MUSIC gallery.)
WHERE TO SEE THE WORK: Her photo art has been regularly accepted in the monthly juried shows at the historic San Francisco Women Artists Gallery (647 Irving Street, San Francisco). Over the years her work has also been shown at various Bay Area galleries and shows The first public showing of her mixed media pieces is at the North Beach gallery, Live Worms (1341 Grant Avenue, SF) from September 11 – October 11, 2020.
(See a full listing of past and present shows here).