Simon Hardeveld



Widely collected folk artist Simon Hardeveld’s work is always New Orleans-centric in subject and feel. “I paint New Orleans,” he says. “I paint it out of love for the city. New Orleans is my inspiration,” he says with a thick French accent. Formerly a chef and restaurateur in his native France, he revels in the arts culture, the spirited festival atmosphere, and the city’s historic ties to his native France.





10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 6
Book Talk
Simon of New Orleans

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Simon of New Orleans

Simon of New Orleans is a celebration of the exuberant, sumptuous, energetic work of the artist synonymous with his adopted hometown. It is difficult to wander around New Orleans without stumbling across the explosions of color and whimsy that are the trademarks of a Simon piece. In fact, the scope of his work is unparalleled.

Private collectors snap up pieces as soon as the paint is dry. And, though always New Orleans-centric in nature, his work is increasingly finding its way to national and international venues. Simon has endeared himself to locals and tourists alike, and they have responded to the unpretentious wit that is the hallmark of his art.

According to Grégor Trumel, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Simon’s works are an “invitation to joy” and “an antidote against the poison of pessimism and introversion.” Those who know his work might also add that Simon has captured – in bright colors – the soul and spirit of the city.



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