Julian Jahmal Desta

Welcome Art Lovers

We are delighted you are here. This exhibit is actually a hybrid. The art is on display at Health Brigade as well as here online and features Richmond artist Julian Jahmal Desta. If you can’t make it to the opening on Thursday, January 18, 2024, make plans to visit Health Brigade to see it at another time. The show will be up until March 1, 2024. The gallery is located in the lobby of the medical clinic, accessed from the back parking lot. If you would like a private showing, please contact Julie Sulik at 804-533-2740

The Art Brigade started in 2016. The goal of this effort has always been to provide a welcoming and healing environment for our patients, clients, volunteers, staff and visitors.  This is our 24th exhibition. Art Brigade artists graciously give 25% of the cost of any pieces sold to support Health Brigade’s mission.

If you need to have a piece shipped to you, Health Brigade will put you in direct contact with the artist to make arrangements. Shipping cost is not included in the price of the items.

If you have any questions about any of the art or need to make pick up arrangements, please contact Julie Sulik at (804) 533-2740 or via [email protected].

“Why else but to express. Here I find the different layers of myself. In my creativity, I am able to make better sense of it all. Freeing, grounding, expanding, and exploring.

My process when creating helps me in reconnecting with innocence and understanding my own vulnerability. I create abstract art that seeks to reach beyond a label, concept, or aim. Many of these pieces are directed off of feeling and not thought. The thoughts are often the after effect when I or someone else views a piece and dialogue begins.

As a psychology major, I was intrigued and inspired by the Rorschach Ink blot test. What do you see? What does this image mean to you? How does this make you feel? Images are powerful and subliminal. They can trigger a wide range of thoughts and emotions. I hope so, for we as humans are still evolving and are but scratching the surface of our full potential. Most of my work is created from recycled materials as I strongly believe that as an activist artist we can help reduce waste by finding ways of turning it into art. I look to do art on any and all surfaces. I am not limited to a canvas, paper, or flat surfaces.” ~Julian Jahmal Desta


To view and purchase art, scroll down to the form at the end of the artist’s page.  SPECIAL NOTE: Prints of various sizes are available for sale at Health Brigade. Please ask the receptionist about viewing and purchasing them.

His Paintings

Radiant Circuits
31 in x 31 in Mixed Media on Canvas

Life of the Party
34 in x 34 in Mixed Media on Canvas

20 in. x 40 in. Acrylic on Stretched Burlap

Nebulux 3
30 in x 30 in Mixed Media o Canvas
Cosmic Whispers
30 in x 30 in Mixed Media on Canvas

20 in x 20 in Mixed Media Canvas

Xegue 2
18 in x 24 in Mixed Media on Canvas

Safe with Friends
36 in x 24 in Mixed Media on Canvas

Kids in the hall
20 in x 20 in Mixed Media on Canvas

24 in. X 36 in. Mixed Media on canvas

Thoughts and Emotions 1
24in x 24in. Mixed Media on Canvas

24in x 24in. Acrylic on Canvas