July 4 – 27 : Damian Fulton “Rad!”

Damian Fulton’s “Rad!”
part of a two-person show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Damian Fulton and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker
July 4 – July 27, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, July 4 8-11 PM
Featuring Live Performance
by The Insect Surfers at 9 PM
Sponsored by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Online Gallery Preview to begin June 27

HisRadnessLa Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Damian Fulton “Rad!”
Before the X games, GoPro videos, and energy drinks, a kid with an over productive Rad gland virtually invented extreme sports. 35 years ago Radical Rick first raged through the pages of BMX Plus! Magazine and launched the career of Artist Damian Fulton. Since then Radical Rick has appeared in over 150 comic episodes, on T-shirts and posters, more than a few tattooed body parts, and continues to influence artists today.

To commemorate Radical Rick’s 35th anniversary, “Rad!” brings to La Luz de Jesus gallery the largest collection of original Radical Rick artwork ever assembled, featuring original paintings, magazine covers, and beautiful water colored story pages from the artist’s personal collection. Rad! also includes new, never seen before Radical Rick inspired artwork painted just for this exhibit.

Influenced by Zap Comix, motorcycles and hot rods, horror movies, classic cartoons, and a dose of Mad Magazine, Damian Fulton still paints today and his “Urban Surf” art is exhibited around the world. www.damianfultonart.com

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For more information, hi-res images, interview opportunities, contact lee (at) reverberationsmedia.com




June 6-29: William Zdan “Humors”

William Zdan “Humors” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

William Zdan “Humors”
My most recent series “Humors” examines the longstanding connections between medicine, secular art and social defiance. In my mind, artists have always been at the front line of cultural development with the currency being the message. Artists have been utilized as the barkers of agendas to either stagnant social development and impose control…or launch revolutions in in thought. My series focuses on paying homage to the latter. Heavily influenced by traditional religious paintings, “Humors” re-imagines a history of cultural development involving a secular worship of humanism, medicine and science. I believe we’re circling back to a time when science, art and human development are at odds with cultural hangovers and governing bodies. I’ve chosen to portray the Humors as a nod to the fearless artists, alchemists and physicians who (despite now absurd approaches), sought to provide an earthy explanation for the human condition. The Humors (the preponderance of body fluids, respective organs, earth elements and corresponding human temperaments) are found in each of my paintings, along with bloodletting tools, leeches and other (now debunked and marginalized) medical conventions like phrenology. The Humors being:

Blood (liver and heart) = Sanguine Temperament = Air
Yellow Bile (gall bladder) = Choleric Temperament = Fire
Black Bile (spleen) = Melancholic Temperament = Earth
Phlegm (lungs and brain) = Phlegmatic Temperament = Water

In the spirit of Albrecht Durer, I’ve woven the themes of ancient medicine into the content of this series. However, my images are meant to be unfettered by a governing paradigm. Whereas Durer was obliged to incorporate Catholic tribute along with the introduction of Humors in his series, my current paintings offer only the honoring of the human advancement (though still hinting at the naiveté that was the product of cultural stifling). My images are anatomically incorrect, flawed and marred by a hidden oppressor.

While still aiming to capture a sense of visual spirituality, the paintings in this series employ some of trademark compositional elements used in religious paintings. Depictions of hovering, saintly human organs and tools of early medicine are transposed over an otherwise supernatural devotion. The panels upon which I’ve applied layers of oil stain have been distressed with loose and primal gesture indicating age and nature. This is balanced against the tightly rendered paint application. The composition, like the theme, is in conflict. My hopes are that the viewer will become an unapologetic scientist of whatever they interpret from my work. – William Zdan

William Zdan is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles. Zdan’s work seeks to capture beauty while provoking contemplation. His paintings motivate introspection, fan philosophical bonfires, and comfort aesthetic sickness. Raised in the manufacturing community of Detroit, Zdan often depicts modern industry and its effect on contemporary culture. Stylistically, he clashes those themes against classical techniques and introduces historical and religious iconography.

More images forthcoming.


June 6-29: Jasmine Worth “Sacred Feminine”

Jasmine Worth – “Sacred Feminine ” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Mother One Eyed God

Mother One Eyed God

Jasmine Worth – “Sacred Feminine”
Jasmine Worth crafts scenes from fairytales gone awry, swirling seamlessly between the sweet and surreal, inevitably dipping into the valley of the morbid. In her latest series, “Scared Feminine”, Worth, under the unifying theme of sacred femininity brings together aspects of Goddesses, saints, mythology and numerous other influences to fully explore the ever changing role of the feminine in spirituality. This series is intended to invite the viewer to explore their own relationship with the many aspects of the divine.

The destiny of art in our time is to transmit from the realm of reason to the realm of feeling. –Tolstoy

Worth studied formally at Studio 2nd Street in southern CA, and earned her BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design. While she possesses the credentials, the product of her toils clearly pours from the cobwebbed corners of her mind, not the classroom. Her paintings—a cabaret of vibrant hues—are a blend of soft textures and colorful characters, juxtaposed against gloomy themes. Created in her home of San Diego, Jasmine combines dark influences and subtle-yet-serious undertones with raw artistic talent and a rarely seen creativity. Her work exudes a strong bearing of individuality, manifested through characters that speak almost vocally and give a new element of depth to an otherwise two dimensional medium. Each scene tells a story, and every story is as diverse in emotion as it is in appearance.

Mother of the One Eyed God, Oil on mounted canvas, 11.5 x 6 in. $800.00
Lady of Sorrow,Oil on mounted canvas, 5 x 7 in. oval, (9 x 7 in. framed) $500.00
Patron Saint of Last Nights Tears,Oil on mounted canvas in vintage frame, 5.5 x 5 in. $500.00
Eye 1, Oil on mounted canvas, 1.5 x 2 in. (4 x 6 in. framed)


June 6-29: Chris B. Murray “Seasons Change”

Chris B. Murray “Seasons Change” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Utilizing mediums such as watercolor, graphite, ink, pastel, charcoal, gouache, gold leaf and ink stamp, Chris B. Murray has enjoyed a successful exhibition history in the Midwest. This is his first show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

The underlying meaning in Seasons Change is that nothing does or should ever remain the same. People, places and ideas are constantly metamorphosing whether it’s in a positive direction or negative. I’ve experienced a great deal of growth in the last couple years and have experienced these changes with friends, family. To be alive and to truly experience life how it’s meant to be experienced I feel one must always challenge themselves and evaluate their choices and how it affects people and their surroundings. This body of work represents a form of growth and / or change within each piece. I hope it inspires the people to challenge themselves and continue to move push on. – Chris B. Murray www.chrisbmurray.com


Select images from “Seasons Change”

1)   Hang Game – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 11″ x 8.5″ / 16.5″ x 14″ (matted & framed)
2)   Hatched – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14.5″ x 18″ (matted & framed)
3)  Holy Honey – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache & gold leaf on paper 11″ x 8.5″ / 16.5″ x 14″ (matted & framed)
4)   Day Drifter – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14.5″ x 18″ (matted & framed)
5)   First Step Sketch – Graphite & ink stamp on paper 7.25″ x 10″ / 13″ x 15.5″ (matted & framed)
6)   For Dinner – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, gouache & gold leaf on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14″ x 17″ (matted & framed)


Photos: 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show & Demonstration

View photos from the May 2nd 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show exhibition opening and May 3 live taxidermy demonstration at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with Katie Innamorato, Divya Anantharaman, and Lauren Kane using prepared and raw materials. 

The 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show is not your granddady’s taxidermy: road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures utilize taxidermy techniques in an unorthodox way to fashion fantastic beasts from everyday materials–even the recycled pelts of toy stuffed animals. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept.


LA@JT Just Add Water Live in Joshua Tree!

RFJT170pxRadio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge presents
LA @ JT: Just Add Water
a night of spoken word and music by Los Angeles and Joshua Tree writers and musicians.

Saturday, May 31
Spoken Word starts at 8 PM Music starts at 9 PM

Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge
61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760 475-4860 www.RadioFreeJoshuaTree.com

$5 Suggested Donation

Members of a longtime Los Angeles writer’s workshop will be gathering in Joshua Tree to create some hilarious and sometimes personal verse and prose about life, fantasy and everything that oozes up from the desert and Hollywood.

“Including a few notorious J.T. writers like Listening Lounge proprietor Teddy Quinn, the workshop will happen during the day,” says event curator and “promptress” Jane Cantillon. “and we will cook up some compelling stories to share that same evening with our live audience. “Just Add Water” will make a very entertaining hour of spontaneous ‘misspoken’ word.”

Immediately following the reading, the Dick and Jane Family Orchestra featuring La Luz de Jesus proprietor Billy Shire on harmonica will perform, along with special guest singer/songwriter Sarah Stanley.
For more info contact lee@reverberationsmedia.com www.reverberationsmedia.com


Some Tiki Oasis 13 Press – Get Ready for Tiki Oasis 14!

Links to press and video from last year’s Tiki Oasis 13!

Tiki Oasis Art Show

-Cartwheel Art

Tiki Oasis festival embraces Hawaiian Hootenanny theme
in San Diego


Get Ready for Hawaiian Americana at Tiki Oasis

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Tiki Oasis 2013

-Los Angeles Beat Beauty

Tasting Tiki: Exotica Cocktail History
at Tiki Oasis

-Huffington Post

Island connection equals ‘Hulabilly’ heaven

-Union Tribune Preview

The revival of Tiki cool

-Union Tribune Coverage

Bring Your Leis
(and Blue Suede Shoes) to Tiki Oasis!

-San Diego Troubador

Boozy Classes at Tiki Oasis

-San Diego Eater

Paradise Found

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Vintage Cool San Diego

-NBC Los Angeles

A Tipping Point in the Compensation Debate

-Voice of San Diego

Gear Up! Tiki Oasis ’13

-Rod Authority



Save the Endangered Butterflies with Jeffertitti’s Nile, LA Witch plus!


Save the Endangered Butterflies
with Jeffertitti’s Nile, LA Witch, Sock Puppet Sitcom, mecca andrews
plus Dance Party w/ DJ Jimi Hey  

HM157City ofButterflies
Saturday, May 31at 6:00pm – 2:00am
3110 North Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90031
$10 suggested donation
Facebook Event Page

All Ages ( W/ ID ) 
Bring the kiddies for the first 1/2 of the show 
KIDS get in for FREE between 6-8 PM

At 6:00 PM we will have a magical mask making table set up for kids of all ages.
The early PG Sock Puppet Sitcom set begins at 7 PM.
Kid Veggie dogs & healthy drinks will be available.
DJ Jimi Hey Dance party Midnight – 2 AM!

HM157 welcomes Ann Hadlock & City of Butterflies for a deluxe & delightful show dedicated towards enlightening folks as to the potential extinction of our beautiful native butterflies. We can easily rectify this happenstance by planting their natural habitat: the California Milkweed. Attendees are welcome to take Milkweed home to install. City of Butterflies strives to actively educate the public about the importance of native host or food plants in urban areas through hands-on workshops, outreach events, and media production. The reintroduction of native plants in public and private gardensis crucial to the survival of California’s rapidly declining butterfly populations. Most importantly, City of Butterflies are in the process of making an educational documentary about California butterflies and how to save them. Here is a link to their indieggo to raise funds for the documentary. 

Together we can change the game for our endangered Butterflies



This will be their post May tour homecoming show! Get their fantastic new album
“The Electric Hour” & experience it live.

Check out these bad-ass, beguiling babes on Manimal Records brand new video.


Oliwa Sparkles Newell’s (Pleasure Circus, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister) latest project. Come bask in the LOVE!

Modern dance & way beyond.

Sock Puppet Sitcom (First PG Set 7PM)

Yes, we said Sock Puppets. They are theatrical comedians, not a band.

Projections extraordinar : Wes Johansen

From 11:30 – 3AM


After Jeffertitti’s Nile raises the mercury, we’ll swing into a Dance Party ala
DJ Jimi Hey

We will be serving Hot-Dogs both meaty & veggie

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: DO NOT PARK in any parking lots near HM157.
They are tow truck traps ! It will cost you $300 to get your car back. Park on the street ! 


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About Historical Monument 157

HM157, Historical Monument #157 on the California Landmark list, also referred to as The Horace P Dibble House (circa 1886) is a funky-old mansion in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. HM157, Historical Monument #157 on the California Landmark list, also referred to as The Horace P Dibble House (circa 1886) is a funky-old mansion in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights.

HM157 functions as a music venue, gallery, live/work space, farm, and location for public and private events, film/photo shoots, cinema screenings, eco-workshops, skill sharing and more. Their artist collective works tirelessly to bring the good stuff your way. They are dedicated to the propagation of positive possibilities. This independent non-profit venue has become one of LA’s favorite places to see a show, with both indoor and outdoor stages, gardens and sofas, fountains and a Victorian front porch.Often called “the homiest venue in town”

HM157 was voted “Best Underground Date Night 2009” and “Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment 2010” by The LA Weekly


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June 6-29: “Bento Box” New Works by Joel Nakamura

Spotlight on “Bento Box”
New Works by Joel Nakamura

Chris B. Murray, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

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Nakamura Gojirauru Godzilla Rules ! 24 x 24 ” polymers on metal

Joel Nakamura’s “Bento Box” deals with growing up Japanese American.

Nakamura is known for his unique style: a blend of folk art and sophisticated iconography rendered in a neo-primitive technique. He is chosen for many of his commissions for his knowledge of tribal art, mythology, and for his ability to convey stories and information in an intricate and engaging manner.

Nakamura’s ability to render humanity in such primal, edgy hues has captured the attention of clients like Time magazine, US News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. His paintings have enlivened the pages of many other books and publications, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies’ programs. Nakamura has been profiled in Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, Confetti and Southwest Art magazines. He is proud to be the recipient of over two hundred awards of excellence.

Nakamura splits his time between commercial and fine art projects. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Wynonna Judd, Chick Corea ,and US embassies around the world.

Nakamura resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Kathleen and children Paloma and Kai.





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