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12/1: La Luz de Jesus 31st Anniversary Drawing Show

31st Anniversary Drawing Show
Exhibition: December 1-31
Reception: Fri. Dec. 1, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Artist list: Nathan Anderson, Ana Bagayan, Paul Barnes, Vicki Berndt, Andrew Brandou, Mark Bodnar, Jessica Dalva, Jason D’Aquino, Dave Dexter, Daniel Martin Diaz, Jorge Dos Diablos, Bruce Eichelberger, Frau Sakra, Damian Fulton, Mark Gleason, Derek Harrison, Scott Holloway, Karen Hydendahl, Stephanie Inagaki, Yumiko Kayukawa, Mariam Keurjikian, Zoe Lacchei, Craig LaRotonda, Tracy Lewis, Justine Lin, Lizz Lopez, Danni Shinya Luo, Patrick McGrath Muñiz, Junko Mizuno, Chris B. Murray, Michael Murphy, Mayuko Nakamura, Annie Owens, Rob Reger / Emily the Strange, Van Saro, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Christopher Ulrich, Mel Weiner, Jasmine Worth, Daphne Yap.

2017 is La Luz de Jesus’ 31st year of continuous, monthly exhibitions. Think about that: La Luz de Jesus Gallery is 31 years old!

Some of the artists in this show weren’t even born yet when Billy Shire decided to clear out the storage apartment at the corner of Melrose and Martel, upstairs from his flagship Soap Plant shop with marked purpose. His vision: to showcase the incredible, ethnic folk art he brought back from Mexico, Guatemala, and museum quality pieces from Asia and elsewhere alongside that of his talented friends–people who were finding a hard time being taken seriously by the art establishment of the era in spite of their technical prowess. His experiment has spawned a legacy. The renewed interest in illustration art resultant from his gallery’s success influenced the zeitgeist, and launched industries. The lowbrow movement of California Art (which in turn informed the Pop Surrealists that followed) influenced fashion, television, film and culture. The rest, as they say, is history.

The 31st Anniversary Drawing Show is an invitational event that traces the history of Post-Pop in its birthplace.

We chose from the best illustrators featured in the 31-year history of La Luz de Jesus to create a new, original drawing for this show, allowing us to trace a line all the way from Robert Williams to Annie Owens.

Since this is a drawing show, the work will be graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, ink or ballpoint pen, watercolor and/or gouache on paper. Whatever the preferred technique, the dominant medium of expression will classify the work as a drawing. All works are 16×20″ or smaller before framing.

Preview the entire show at this link



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)


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