Jessica Levant is a native San Franciscan who has lived in New York and London for a total of 30 years. Always ‘interested’ in art, she didn’t consider herself a serious artist until returning to San Francisco in the late ’90s when she re-designed her career and her life. Jessica is mainly self-taught. She defines her Photo Art as ‘unexpected views of the ordinary and ordinary views of the unexpected’. She is drawn to shapes, juxtapositions and visual irony, mostly in urban settings. She is not averse to the term ‘quirky’.
Early on she produced two ‘little coffee table books’ of her photo art, the first ‘Through My Eyes‘ and the second, Street Seens, both available at blurb.com. She then embarked on a project of photographing musicians and has published two volumes of Bay Area Jazz and Bluesicians, books containing color photos and bios of over 250 artists, documenting the local jazz scene over a two year period. She is now a well-known music photographer in the Bay Area. In the past few years, she has combined her photo art with her love for music and created many ‘Music Art’ pieces that have been shown and collected around the Bay Area.
During the Covid-19 Shelter-In-Place period, she took a deep dive into Mixed Media work with a passion she hadn’t previously had time to engage. Within 5 months, she produced over three dozen mixed media abstract collages and doesn’t intend to stop.
Jessica’s work has been selected in most of the juried shows at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery since mid-2010 and has exhibited at several other Bay Area galleries in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and the East Bay. In addition to several group shows over the years, Jessica has had annual solo shows at the Bay View Boat Club in SF since 2010, had her works displayed at the Sierra Point Marina for two years, and in 2017 was granted a two-month art residency at the Troll House, Pier 26, San Francisco where she exhibited around 100 pieces of art.
She has several collectors across the United States.
See a broad range of Jessica’s work on her website at jessicalevant.com and instagram.com/jessicalevantart.