Growing up in New Orleans, J. Pierre has always loved music. You can see the unique musical culture of New Orleans reflected in many of his paintings. Pierre’s art shares such a deep connection with the music of New Orleans that it is being featured on the labeling of a special-edition beer by Microbrewery in commemoration of Jazz Fest this year. You can read more about that here.
Oskar Blues Brewery and NOLA Brewing teamed up to create a limited release collaBREWation in honor of the historic New Orleans Jazz Fest. The creation involved a daylong brewing session with the NOLA and Oskar Blues teams at the brewery in Longmont, Colo. The result: The Wolf and The Lamb. The crews teamed up to double up the Double Pilsner style, cranking out a 7% super-pale lager packed with Pilsner malt and loaded with Czech Agnes and Styrian Wolf hops. Crisp and spicy aromas dotted with perfumy floral, sage-like herbal, and light undertones of berries, pineapple, and citrus. A slightly bready medium bodied lager flavor continues the European hop onslaught with more herbal and spicy fruity character. Oskar Blues and NOLA Brewing share a mutual love of music and wanted to create something that embodied the people, passion and spirit of Jazz Fest. Part of the project was to engage a local artist to create custom artwork for the can. J. Pierre is a legendary Louisiana artist whose work has been featured in Essence Magazine, HBO’s Treme, House of Deréon, and in the Mayor of Louisiana’s office. J. Pierre utilizes his strong command over mediums such as oil, acrylic, pen, ink, aerosol, and house paint to create a print as vibrant and soulful as the Louisiana culture. In addition to members from the breweries, the collaboration beer and twenty limited edition “The Wolf and the Lamb” signed, numbered and remarked giclee prints will be available from J. Pierre on 100lb hot press paper 16″ x 20″ for $80 at the following events:
- Avenue Pub 4/20 (Wednesday) @ 4:20pm
- The Bulldog Uptown 4/20 (Wednesday) @ 7pm
- World of Beer Warehouse District 4/21 (Thursday) @ 7pm
- The Rusty Nail 4/22 (Friday) @ 9pm
- Howlin Wolf 4/23 (Saturday) @ 8pm
- Maison on Frenchmen St. 4/24 (Sunday) @ 8pm
- Cooter Browns 4/27 (Wednesday) @ 7pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to bring home a piece of the music and culture of New Orleans that makes it so unique. These limited edition, signed, numbered and remarked giclee prints will go fast. J Pierre looks forward to seeing you at these events! If you can’t make it to one of these events and wish to collect one or both of these giclees please call (504) 656-5540 or email email@example.com.Oskar Blues has been a long-time fan of NOLA Brewing as the first craft-beer-in-a-can brewery in New Orleans and stream of quality beers brewed with love in New Orleans. This partnership marks Oskar Blues one-year anniversary in the Louisiana market. The brew will be available for a limited time in Colorado and Louisiana markets so get it while you CAN.
Sometimes, it is best to step away from your everyday environment. Since returning from Costa Rica, I’ve made a decision. I make it a priority to surround myself with nature everyday, even if its just a quiet walk on the levee of the mighty Mississippi River. This connection with nature allows me to operate with a higher spiritual consciousness and inspires my creativity. We often hear people say that a healthy body produces a healthy mind. Well, a healthy mind is the key to creative success. In Costa Rica, we stayed in the Nicoya Peninsula. The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the blue zones of the earth, where native people live the pure healthy life, “Pura Vida” as the locals call it.This involves lots of daily physical activities, fresh clean air, and a diet that mostly consist of legumes, fruits, and vegetables. “Pura Vida” is an energy and while in Costa Rica I absorbed it by embracing the lifestyle. It felt wonderful physically, spiritually, and mentally. The nature in Costa Rica is so untouched by man that it’s amazing. I was living amongst the pages of National Geographic. The artist in me began to yearn to capture the colors, the canopies, the “Pura Vida”. It would have been a mortal sin not to. One of the first of many paintings I started working, is a real still life view of our upstairs balcony. I kept the canvas in the same spot on the balcony for four weeks to capture this magnificent view. I would wake up to every morning to this gift of nature and wanted to share it everyone through painting. Costa Rica is a muse. The nature, the colors, the life spawned a surge of creativity inside of me that I have not felt in years. While there, so much inspiration was attacking me all at once that I was working six paintings at a time. I would rotate them throughout the day for four weeks. As soon as I would complete them, I’d start on six more. I could not paint enough. “Pura Vida” became Pura Creatividad and I’ve brought it back home to New Orleans
Costa Rica blog #1. J.Pierre 2015 This journey was very humbling for me to live in a developing country for three months. I have spent a summer in u rope but this journey was different , living with with out all the western world creature comforts that we take for granted,such as television ,hot water,Internet and reliable phone service.But let me tell you it was one of the most beautiful spiritual experiences I have had in my life. My opportunity to work with the students at futuro verde and live in the coast and rain forest for three months.
For the next six months I will walk you through my experience step by step,and month by month,as I explain my inspiration for every painting,while also sharing my day to day activities.
To see more of my work from the Costa Rica experience log on artbyjpierre.com
click on original paintings.