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Featured Artist: Adrian Deckbar

Today’s featured artist is Adrian Deckbar. The painting above is entitled Bubbly Magic. 48 x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas. It is currently in the exhibition, Rus in Herb, an Ode to Our Parks, on view at Gryder Gallery through the end of June.

For more information about Adrian’s work or to contact her directly please visit

Gryder Gallery is in the heart of New Orleans’ historic arts district on Julia Street.

Our artist registry at the Fine Arts Preservation Society of New Orleans highlights the work of contemporary artists in conversation with classicism.

Deckbar will be teaching a master class at St. Joseph’s Abbey and is currently taking reservations. For info on her upcoming class or to register please visit:


Adrian Deckbar is a painter who uses photography as the basis for her work, which explores the boundaries of photorealism. Her transformation of photographic source material into acrylic and oil paintings take on a heightened sense of reality. The undulation of shapes, with light raking across the forms, pulsate with life. Vivid colors and jewel tones are contrasted with dark forms throughout the pieces, creating dynamic textures. The paintings become visually dramatic and mysterious.

Deckbar holds an MFA in Painting from Tulane University, an MA in Painting from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Painting from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She has served on the faculty of Tulane University, The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, The Bascom Art Center, and Vermont College of Norwich University. She maintains studios in New Orleans and Leslie, AR. 

Her work is included in many public and private, and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Alexandria Museum of Art; the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum; the Hilliard Art Museum; Brenau University; Ochsner Foundation Hospital; Loyola University School of Dentistry; Tulane Medical School; The Eliza Jane Hotel; New Orleans, One River Place, New Orleans; Radisson Suite Hotel; Lykes Steamship Co.; and Chevron Corporation. 

Adrian Deckbar has received grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, The Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, The Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Deckbar has had numerous reviews and publications of her work, including “Art in the American South: Works from the Ogden Collection” by Randolph Delehanty. 

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