About Jim Blanchard
"He pursues his paintings with the mathematic exactness of the architect's rendering, and the visual elegance of an artist's brush."
- John Kemp, Louisiana Cultural Vistas
Louisiana’s own, Jim Blanchard, is a prominent architectural archival artist and research enthusiast whose measured watercolor drawings are elaborate portraits of historic 18th and 19th century buildings. His works, and writings on his unique and exacting style have featured prominently in noted publications, such as A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana (The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities), and numerous others.
Private and public collections, museums, and universities house Jim’s works of archival pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor and gouache, including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and noted others, including Houmas House Estate and Gardens.
Jim is currently serving as Curator and Member of the Board of the Great River Road Museum/The Houmas House Foundation in Darrow, Louisiana, where his collections and prominent works of art are on display.
The Jim Blanchard Gallery is also housed on the Houmas Estate, and is scheduled to open to the public in early 2021. There you will find many of Jim’s original works and signed prints available for sale.