Jeremy Novy in LA

Jeremy Novy

United States

Street Art

Jeremy Novy
Jeremy Novy
United States
November 2, 2015
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Jeremy Novy is an American street artist, known for painting swarms of koi fish on the sidewalks of San Francisco. His mission is to make his city a better place for living, by creating public art, available to everyone. Apart from that, he is known as a pioneer of queer street art, who uses his stenciled works to explore political and social issues. His goal is to make a social change and make queer-oriented street artist more visible by bringing gay imagery into the predominantly heterosexual, and often homophobic, street art culture. His stenciled artworks include drag queens, care bears and shirtless men.

Street Art by Jeremy Novy

Jeremy Novy - Lady Bear (Left) / Peaches Christ (Right) - stencil
Jeremy Novy – Lady Bear (Left) / Peaches Christ (Right)

The artist has an associate’s degree in graphic design which he received from Gateway Technical College in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in 2004. In 2008, he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

His works has been featured in numerous publications, including Out There Magazine, Wisconsin Gazette, Juxtapoz,, and SF Weekly. Novy had his work exhibited throughout his home country, in many solo and group exhibitions. His solo shows include Looking Backat Lush, Life Gallery, San Francisco in 2014, Lets Meet at San Francisco LGBT Center in 2010, and DIYbca at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. Some of the group exhibitions in which he participated are Fuck Art at Museum of Sex in New York in 2012, and I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law at SOMArts Center in San Francisco, also in 2012.

Swarm of Koi Fish by Jeremy Novy

Jeremy Novy - Garden Pond, Calistoga, California - new work fish stencil
Jeremy Novy – Garden Pond, Calistoga, California

In 2011, the artist was the curator of the world’s first group queer street art show, titled A History of Queer Street Art. The exhibit, which documented the struggle of LGBT artists, premiered in San Francisco and traveled to Pop Up Gallery in Los Angeles, California and Yale University in Connecticut.

Koi Fishes

Jeremy Novy - Koi Fish - new work fish - stencil
Jeremy Novy – Koi Fishes

He is represented by Vertical Gallery in Chicago and Local Take in San Francisco.

Jeremy Novy lives and works in San Francisco.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Looking BackLush Life Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013A History of Queer Street ArtYale University, New Haven, CTGroup
2012Fuck ArtMuseum of Sex, New York, NYGroup
2012I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of LawSOMArts Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012A History of Queer Street ArtPop Up Shop, LA, CAGroup
2011A History of Queer Street ArtSOMArts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Warhol ReimaginedProject One, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Lets MeetSan Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CASolo
2010DIYbcaYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Tingle TangelCafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Art Attack Queer RevolutionSupperClub, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Classy as FuckSubmission Art Space, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010E.A.C.Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Be The Change You Want To See In The WorldRevolution Cafe, San Francisco, CASolo
2009Do It YourselfCafe Trieste, San Francisco, CASolo
2009Fuck the RecessionSpace Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008DecaySixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WAGroup
2008Seeing Green: Art, Ecology and Activism in MilwaukeeWoodland Pattern Books, Milwaukee, WIGroup
200835th Annual Juried ExhibitUnion Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2008Growth and Decay: Change in an Urban EnvironmentBorg Ward Collective, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2008Visions of Utopia and Dystopia: A Photographic ExhibitionFine Arts Center Gallery, Waukesha, WIGroup
2007Art In The MarketWhole Foods Market, Milwaukee, WISolo
2007At: PresentHelene Zelazo Center, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2007Paper PoliticsWalkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2007Paper CutsPickled Art Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007Halpert Biennial ’07Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NCGroup
2007Venice Ball ExhibitionKenilworth Square, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2006RebootedJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
2006Crossing Over 2006Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2006In Your FaceArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2006Ideas for a Better WorldJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
20062006 Collegiate CompetitionMilwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2004Method V.Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup