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Paintings by Virginia Jourdan

January 6 - February 25, 2023

at Joyce Gordon Gallery


Opening Reception: FRIDAY, January 6th | 6-9pm

Artist Talk: Friday, February 3rd | 6-9pm

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“Teach Them How to Fish”
Acrylic. 36” x 24” $2900.

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“Let Your Light Shine”
Acrylic. 36” x 24” $2900.

To inquire about artwork contact Joyce Gordon Gallery

Phone: 510.465.8928

Artist Biography

Virginia was born and raised in San Francisco and enjoyed art even as a child. She continued pursuing her passion and developing her talents at the University of Washington where she honed her skills in painting, then went on to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received her BFA in Illustration. Virginia moved to New York and worked as a freelance illustrator for commercial jobs before returning to the Bay Area where she began focusing on fine art to allow for more creative freedom.

Joyce Gordon Gallery and The Art of the African Diaspora presents, “Born Free” an AOTAD satellite exhibit of paintings by Virginia Jourdan that is inspired by the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The Preamble states: Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.


Artist Statement

I choose to paint black silhouettes of African Americans, to create a powerful strong contrast against bold vibrant colors. Combining a social narrative with the concept of love, I want to express, peace, love, joy and freedom in my paintings. Halos are painted around the heads of the figures symbolizing the light of their souls shinning. Each person, no matter what creed or color has something to offer humanity.


Acrylic paint allows me to layer colors and create texture because of its thickness and ability to dry quickly. Acrylic paints also have vibrant bold colors that uplifts the spirit. The motif of sunflowers, dove and heart are symbols of joy, peace, love and happy colors are used to uplift one’s soul. 

“A human right is one of the fundamental rights required for living with dignity. Because they are inherent and beyond challenge, no one has the authority to remove these rights, because they come from God.”

- Virginia Jourdan

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