ALTAR takes tremendous pride in our mission to champion artists. Through close collaboration with artists based right here in New Orleans, we create one-of-a-kind fabric prints that are elegantly incorporated into many of our alluring designs. Paying our artists fairly is paramount – a percentage of profits from each sale goes directly to the featured artist. Learn more about the artists we work with and see our collaborations below.
Robyn LeRoy-Evans is a visual artist working in photography, installation, and performance. By turning the camera on herself, and through the use of carefully considered materials - such as fabric, clothing, found objects, human hair, clay, and earth - LeRoy-Evans creates imagery and installations that draw inspiration from history, mythology, and her own personal experiences as a mother-artist. In 2012 she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in private collections in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. In 2014 she moved to Bvlbancha (New Orleans) on a whim and remains there to this day with her two children and fur babies. From 2016-2020 Robyn was a member of the artist-run collective, The Front. Robyn works as an entrepreneur, mother-artist, and maker. Her practice is often collaborative: as part of the feminist art quartet, The Crystal Efemmes, and in her dual showings of Heavy Shine, with Toronto-based ceramic artist, Dianne Lee.
Nurhan Gokturk is a contemporary Turkish American interdisciplinary artist. He is known for his wide-ranging practice including drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, and installations.
Nurhans projects have been featured at the Venice Biennale, Aqua Art Fair Miami, Art on Paper NYC, The Contemporary Arts Center New Olreans, New Orleans Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, and the onsite Gallery in Toronto. Nurhan coordinated the first major Habitat for Humanity Buckminster Fuller Design Science Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. Formerly, he held the position of a senior designer at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill and at Kohn, Pederson, and Fox, both in NYC. Nurhan received a Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
Maggie Bard received her BFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and completed programs at Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Working primarily in drawing, her ongoing series of work is comprised of amorphous forms often specific to the sub-tropics, carefully rendered in her signature fine line work. Her drawings are an array of contrasting textures and tones, without straying from a single long, black line. She currently lives and works in New Orleans, LA.
Jessica Bizer is a multimedia artist whose work investigates the complex energy of the contemporary landscape. Using a combination of painting, installation and video, her abstract environments are characterized by a sense of fluidity, absurdity and transformation.
Bizer builds these settings around surprising interactions of color, form and disparate source material. Her multi-layered compositions contain diverging and often contradictory narratives based on the collision of the virtual and actual, and the fantastical and utilitarian. Ordered by the seamlessness of digital aesthetics, the resulting drama in Bizer's work communicates a feeling of playful disorientation and expansive possibility.
Peter Hoffman is a painter, drawer, and occasional sculptor who lives and works in New Orleans, LA. Hoffman grew up in Milwaukee, WI and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in 2004. In 2014 he received his MFA from the University of New Orleans. Additional studies include the Marchutz School of Painting in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2008. His work has been shown in recent solo exhibitions at The Front, Good Children Gallery, and Boyd-Satellite Gallery (all New Orleans), as well as group exhibitions in Chicago, Innsbruck, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Milwaukee.