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10/6: 21st Anniversary Art of Tiki Show and Book Release


21st Anniversary Art of Tiki Show
Exhibition: Oct 6-29
Book release & signing party
Friday, October 6, 8-11 PM

With Otto Von Stroheim, Sven Kirsten
& over 30 of Today’s Top Tiki Artists

The Art of Tiki is published in conjunction with the 21st Anniversary Tiki Art Exhibition curated by Otto Von Stroheim at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

The Art of Tiki is a passionate study of the Tiki idol as an art form. For the first time, contemporary Tiki art is united and presented equally with what inspired it; original mid-century Polynesian pop. Sven Kirsten combines his firsthand experiences in exploring the birth of Tiki style with his intimate knowledge of the Tiki Revival, painting a vivid, visually arresting portrait of a unique, always new art genre.

The Art of Tiki is written by Otto von Stroheim, Sven Kirsten, and Jordan Reicheck, with Introduction by Shag.

Artist list:
Atomikitty a/k/a Susannah Mosher, Bai, BigToe a/k/a Tom Laura, Bosko, Crazy Al Evans, Andrew Brandou, Richey Fahey, Mary Fleener, Geko, Dave Hansen, Mike Hoffman, Doug Horne, Danielle Mann, Mitch O’Connell, Eric October, Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Ken Pleasant, Rick Rietveld, Ken Ruzic, Mookie Sato, Scott Scheidly, Shag, Dale Sizer, Thor, Tiki Diablo, Tiki Tony, Michael Uhlenkott, Jeffery Vallance, Donella Vitale, Von Franco, Derek Yaniger.

Full preview, and book info at this link

8/1: Harold Fox – So Long and Thanks for All the Fish at La Luz de Jesus


Harold Fox  So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
showing with The Fifth Annual Coaster Show

September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 1st, 8-11 PM
Closing Party: Sunday, Oct. 1st noon-six PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

The pictures I have made try to represent, to some extent, everyone’s experiences in perhaps a surreal or a fantasy form. An ambiance or deja vu familiarity maybe from a dream, or a nightmare and even a reality that exists somewhere. It is the negative experience that is most enduring, at least for me…like sitting down to enjoy your favorite pie only to discover a dead fly on it.

I hope the viewer enjoys each piece as much as I did creating it. This will be my last art exhibition in Southern California. — Harold Fox

Harold Fox has enjoyed unprecedented success in his retirement. Each of his previous exhibitions has completely sold out, and so we are sad to announce that this will be his last exhibition in Los Angeles. If you’ve been waiting to add one of his vivid reminiscences of a bygone era to your own art collection, now is the time to do it. If Charles Bukowski used paintbrushes instead of a typewriter, the outcome might look something like this. But there’s also a bit of Steinbeck and Hemingway and a whole lot of Nightmare Alley. Like a skid row Robert Williams, or a sideshow Frank Cassara, Fox’s work is both cartooned, but realistic, with the types of surrealist flourishes that would make Dali proud. Fox’s is a dark, shadowy world of second rate carnivals, low rent flophouses and dustbowl trailer parks filled with ornery hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales, as witnessed by a support cast of affable hobos and menacing clowns.

View the full preview of the show, along with the Coaster Show, at this link

9/1: The Fifth Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus

The Fifth Annual Coaster Show
& Harold Fox –  So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 1st, 8-11 PM
Closing Party: Sunday, Oct. 1st noon-six PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Full preview at this link

It’s the Wooden Anniversary of the La Luz de Jesus Coaster Show. What started as a last minute substitution has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the LA Art Scene, now in its fifth year!

We’ve all done it. We’ve sat at the bar, drinking a beer and doodled on a coaster.

But most of us aren’t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art.

We produced a custom canvas for some of our favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4″ tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces.

In the past four exhibitions, we’ve had pieces by Ron English and Mark Ryden, given first exhibitions to hundreds of emerging artists and turned a few dozen newcomers into bonafide stars. This year, we’ll again dot our walls with over 1000 tiny masterpieces priced $250 or less!

5/20: Shannon Crawford – Relentless Beauty Book Signing


Shannon Crawford: Relentless Beauty
Book signing and pop-up show
Saturday, May 20, 7-10 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

An alchemist of color and styles, Shannon Crawford paints oil works that are subtle depictions of dark concepts, disguised by beautiful, surreal imagery. The beauty of his paintings is matched only by the often-intense nature of their content. Conjuring imagery in an exquisite, though provoking fashion, ultimately offering an unfiltered window into many aspects of life, Crawford’s work has gained much recognition in recent years, most recently finding its way into the collections of Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Carmen Electra, Lindsay Lohan, and Ross Robinson.

About the Author:
Raised in Southern California, Shannon Crawford began painting at the age of five. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1993 to 1995, when he dropped out after getting a record deal from Virgin Records with his band Cellophane. Crawford’s painting of his daughter Poppy being attacked by a crow served as the cover for Norma Jean‘s underground hit Redeemer, which opened his art to a whole new fan base. He lives in Los Angeles.

Relentless Beauty: The Art of Shannon Crawford
Rare Bird Books
ISBN # 978-1940207148
10.2 x 8.6 x .7 in. | Hard Cover 128 pages
Shipping weight: 1.8 lbs.
Art | Painting | Pop | Illustration
Price: $40
Click here to purchase your copy

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.
Call (323)663-0122 to order by phone.

4/7: Karen Hsiao Vow of Silence – Miso La Fleur at La Luz de Jesus


Miso / Karen Hsiao

also showing: Penelope Houston
April 7-30
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 8-11 PM
Artist Talk with Penelope Houston: Friday, April 14th, 7-9PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Karen Hsiao is a self taught Fine Art photographer who uses intense subject matters in an unconventional way. Miso is her professional painting identity, developed at Art Center College of Design where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration.


Karen Hsiao – Martyrdom
C-print on metallic gloss paper, 8.5×11″ in frame,

KAREN HSIAO – Vow of Silence (In Convents)
A figurative painter in her early years, Karen Hsiao has since explored the figure and its space through various mediums, creating pieces that are both tactile and intuitive. Photography was a natural extension of that process which Hsiao has sought to perfect. Her work has captured the attention of many primarily because of her unique approach to subject, sometimes with a team of ingenious makeup artists, hairstylists, and couture fashion designers to help materialize Hsiao’s concept. Hsiao has been featured in published works and shown in galleries both nationwide and abroad.


Miso – La Fleur
Oil on panel, 8×10″

Karen Hsiao’s painting alter-ego, Miso, has been exhibiting since 2007. Prior shows at La Luz de Jesus and Corey Helford Gallery have completely sold out, and she has developed a following in Germany, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan in addition to her American fanbase in Los Angeles.

A full preview of both shows can be found at this link

3/3: Laluzapalooza 2017 – 31st Annual Group Show La Luz de Jesus


Laluzapalooza 2017
31st Annual Group Art Show!
March 3 – April 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA 2017. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Again they sorted through tens of thousands of submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists. How many will they show this year? There are just over 130 pieces from just over 64 artists, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There are some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year are from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent.

Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

Laluzapalooza 2017 ARTIST LIST:
Matt Adrian, Vicki Berndt, Michelle Bickford, Andrea Bogdan, Carol Connett, Matthew Couper, Bibi Davidson, PD Davis, Gabi De La Merced, Dinosaurus Complex (Allison Smith) Dos Diablos (Jorge Acosta), Bruce Eichelberger, Frank Forte, Zachary Benson Friedberg, Don Fritz, Wendy Lee Gadzuk, Ashley Gallagher, Diana Georgie, Mark Gleason, Amy Guidry, Conrad Haberland, Derek Harrison, Annette Hassell, Jack Howe, Karen Hydendahl, Andreanna Iakovidis, Jinx, Kate Kelton, Craig LaRotonda, Mavis Leahy, Dave Lebow, Tracy Lewis, Justine Lin, MJ Lindo, Carl Lozada, Dion Macellari, D.W. Marino, Aya Masuda, Zachary Mendoza, Graham Moore, Michael Murphy, Johannah O’Donnell, Daisuke Okamoto, Peca, Perez Bros, Maya Peterpaul, Valerie Pobjoy, Olga Ponomarenko, Lena Rushing Sea Monster (Christine Fulton), Rusty Sherrill, Dale Sizer, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, David Russell Talbott, Johnny Taylor, Anni Terrazzo, Savva Teteriatnikov, Daria Theodora, Yuki Toy, Treiops Treyfid, Pol Turgeon, Vakseen, VegA, Nicole Waszak, Marc Willey, Lyndell Dean Wolff

Preview the entire show at this link

Pre-Sales are opened NOW, so get in touch with gallery director Matt Kennedy to reserve your purchase before it’s SOLD! The opening night gala will feature libations and other surprises.

LALUZAPALOOZA HISTORY
Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures, and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are…

“Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”

“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.”

Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene.

8/5: Maryrose Crook “Nigredo” plus The Renderers Live!


Maryrose Crook Nigredo
Plus performance by The Renderers

Juan Muniz & Jasmine Worth
with Special Guests Maryrose Crook, Michael Murphy, and Bunnie Reiss

August 5-28, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday August 5, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Maryrose Crook
Sodium Light Promo 1-2Maryrose Crook is a self-taught New Zealand artist drawing on traditions of surrealism, still life and folk art creating worlds where beauty and brutality exist in close proximity; and a musician, performing and recording along with husband Brian Crook, as The Renderers . Maryrose has been exhibiting in public and private spaces since 1996, and has work held in collections in New Zealand, the USA, Germany and Australia. She has been the recipient of the Wallace Development Award, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious art awards, and has undertaken numerous artist residencies. She is currently based in Joshua Tree, California, in the Mojave Desert.

I’m calling the show Nigredo which is a word that describes a state of being in Alchemy, which is the blackness you have to create as an alchemist, you have to burn everything till it’s completely black before you can transmute it, and of course there’s all this psychological stuff about it but I quite like the historical alchemical, the old fashioned Alchemy thing so Nigredo is the blackest of the black, and the next stage is Albedo which is the whitest of the white. – Maryrose Crook

The Renderers

Part Velvets, part Mekons, part unalloyed, indescribable weirdness…— Elizabeth Nelson, Washington Post.

The Renderers who will perform at the show opening on August fifth, have been making music since 1989 playing in various incarnations with rotating members, with partners Brian and Maryrose Crook being the mainstays of the group. Described as deep, dark and psychedelic, the Renderers music ranges from wild and raging to dreamlike and spooky. The Crooks have supported such artists as Thurston Moore, playing with a full band to a packed New York audience; to Joanna Newsom, and Bill Callahan, who they supported in New Zealand, playing theatre shows as a duo, to Simon Joyner and Wooden Wand, who they recently supported in a house concert in Yucca Valley, California.  The Renderers have released nine albums on such labels as Flying Nun (New Zealand), Merge (USA), and current label, Ba Da Bing, (New York).

 

 

Short Robert Craig film from Ron English + show preview

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Robert Craig – Inobvious Epithets
showing with Mark Gleason – Blood and Fire
January 8-31, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, January 8th, 8-11PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
www.laluzdejesus.com

Robert Craig is the most famous artist you’ve never heard of.

Recently the subject of a documentary by his good friend and master painter, Ron English, Craig is possessed of an innate ability and an irreproducible work ethic that has confined him to painting 18 hours per day, everyday, for over 55 years.

His hyper-realistic renderings have fooled many a casual observer to believe that they are digital, but his technique is entirely analog. Craig hand grinds pure Carrara marble to a powdered dust, mixes it with a combination of latex, water, egg white, and white shoe dye, which he applies to un-stretched, tightly-woven, Belgian linen in micro thin layers–each of which he finely sands to the point that the term “polished” may be more accurate. He insists that each layer can only be properly cured, individually, by sunlight.

In person, one might be even more doubtful that what they see is an actual painting. The surface is devoid of almost any tooth or sign of brush stroke and lies perfectly flat as though it were manufactured on a printing press. On close inspection, however, an experienced painter can find the telltale signs of it being handcrafted (mainly on verso). But most are at a loss, and nearly all are in awe.

We’ve taken a revolutionary approach to showcasing these masterpieces: we’ve foregone stretching and framing to expose the complete surface of Robert’s canvases. We strongly feel that this is the only way to convince all observers to the authenticity of Craig’s creations.

 

1/2: Boombox Creators Closing Party at La Luz de Jesus


Boombox Creators Closing Party
Saturday, January 2nd, 7-10PM
Exhibition ends January 3rd, 2016

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Come see and hear the boombox sound system one more time, pick up a cassette or two, buy a real or chocolate boombox, and meet Patti Astor, star of the seminal, Hip-Hop classic Wild Style and co-founder of NYC’s legendary FUN Gallery where neighborhood kids, downtown artists, b-boys, rock, film and rap stars mixed with museum directors, art historians and uptown collectors at wild openings featuring artists like Futura, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Boombox Creators is a tribute to the iconic, functional, and utilitarian cultural artifacts known as boomboxes, and the collection curator Matt Kennedy has assembled makes a good argument for the boombox as high art. This exhibition features original, design blueprints for boomboxes that never went into production, paintings and sculpture inspired by them, photographs from the era, and of course, the boxes themselves. The closing party will feature O.G. Jeckle, old-school poppers, and other special guests dancing to the boombox sound system, which includes classic JVC, Lasonic, Sharp, Panasonic, Sanwa, and many other classic, electronic masterpieces.

We’re also exhibiting the very first exhibition of GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson’s art (the current cover story on Juxtapoz Magazine) alongside a selection of 60 pieces by 20 artists, all priced $400 or less. This post-holiday jam is perfect for starting your New Year right!

 

Contact the director at (323)666-7667 or info@laluzdejesus.com

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