Christopher Holt – Jackson Square Artist, New Orleans
My family and I took a trip to New Orleans the day after Christmas. It was a five-day whirlwind filled with food and little else. Little else, that is, aside from an art hunt.
We were fortunate enough to move into a home in August, giving my toddler some much-needed room to roam around. We love the new place. And so we decided that, during the time between meals in NOLA, we’d try to find something with which to decorate the barren walls of the house.
If you’ve been to Jackson Square in New Orleans, you’ll know that the wrought-iron fences of the park are lined with the work of local artists for sale. The selection seems to rotate from day to day as one artist shows up earlier than another and claims their spot. There’s a dizzying array of choices: paintings, ink drawings, collage, and many other media. And, while we certainly combed many local print shops and galleries in search of something we wanted, and were sorely tempted by some beautiful art nouveau Jazz Festival posters we finally ran across the work of Christopher Holt.
Christopher’s got an interesting story, most of which we discovered long after we’d settled on buying his work. The majority of his professional experience comes from working on television animation, with credits from well-known shows like Family Guy, Powerpuff Girls, and the short-lived Clerks animated series. Sometime after Katrina, he moved back to help with family and has remained.
The art spoke to both of us. We were really excited to find it, and they are a beautiful reminder of a great vacation. We’re happy to have three originals, but can also highly recommend the prints available at ImageKind.
Apologies for the somewhat dodgy image quality. Consider this the world’s shortest pan of the camera on the Droid X.