About the Art

Jessica R. Van Hulle (a.k.a. The Lady Jessica) has been a professional Fine Artist, Illustrator and Designer for 15 years, with exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, New York and more.

The Style: Van Hulle specializes in creating unusual beauty, imbued with passion and conviction. Her work draws inspiration from rebellious American Subcultures (Tattoo, Rock, Gothic, Steampunk, Vintage/Retro, Burlesque, Tribal Belly Dance and Spiritual/New Age cultures in particular) and Art History.

Her dynamic use of luscious colors, dramatic light and shadow, and graphic silhouettes juxtaposes painting styles from the 1600's to the 1930's with a contemporary illustrative aesthetic. She synthesizes artistic styles from the late Renaissance, Romantic and  Realism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Vintage Advertising and Propaganda and Pin-Up Art, and Pop Surrealism/Lowbrow. 

The Point: She uses her traditional academic training to powerfully communicate through these images. Some are odes to beauty. Many invite re-evaluation of the constrictive mainstream images of beauty. Themes of body-image, sexuality, authenticity, and power are put into the historical context of the portrayal of women in art through the centuries.

In addition, some works feature sociopolitical observations from the painfully clear eye of a Realist. Van Hulle's personal studies of politics, history, economics, psychology, and sociology have driven her to create ever sharper images to reveal the truths of our current society and one Progressive's reaction to them.

Many works are varied combinations of the above. What they share, above the chiaroscuro and stylized realism, is an unexpected intimacy and an invitation to connect and be shifted.

About Jessica R. Van Hulle

Jessica Van Hulle was born in the middle of the night in San Francisco General Hospital in 1979. She grew up in Orinda, CA, but frequently escaped to Berkeley and San Francisco. Throughout her adolescence she extensively studied subcultures, psychology, mythology and world religions and was an avid reader of science-fiction and fantasy books.

She majored in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, with a focus on creating story and emotion in her sci-fi/fantasy illustration and her realistic figure painting. She became a published freelance illustrator, while also exhibiting her fine art in galleries, in 2001 and received her B.F.A. in Illustration in May 2004.

Van Hulle is nationally honored for the fine draftsmanship and emotional richness of her art, having exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle.  In addition to Illustration and Fine Art, Van Hulle added Fashion Design to her creative repertoire in 2007. She has been designing sexy Halloween costumes, lingerie and high heel shoes for several industry-leading international companies since then.

These experiences, artistic loves and philosophical interests culminated into her launching her own fashion design, art and lifestyle brand, “The Lady Jessica" in July of 2011.