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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



6/5: So Youn Lee, Justine Lin, Mayuko Nakamura, Naoshi

So Youn Lee, Justine Lin, Mayuko Nakamura, and Naoshia
also showing with Don Fritz and Doug Fogelson

June 5 – 28, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, June 5th; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
to view the entire show click here

So Youn Lee
“Dream Talk”

So Youn Lee is a Korean artist who lives and works in Irvine, CA. She is best known for her whimsical and vibrant paintings that takes on narrative of investigating emotions, memories and hope. Lee’s character ‘Mango’ Explores a candy-like universe with its companion ‘Choco’, to find connection with individuals and what is happening in the culture today. In this show ‘Dream Talk’, the environment melts down into objects, objects becomes alive and Mango finds happiness in wonderment of its surrounding. This child-like imagination carries pureness, naive perspective about life that leads us to total positivity, yet unreachable nostalgia.

Justine Lin

Justine Lin paints surreal spaces and magical places inhabited by noble beasts. Her human and anthropomorphic characters remind us of both the lofty and low aspects of human nature. “Noble” is a celebration of the whimsical and the absurd, with a dash of introspection and melancholy, against the backdrop of a bucolic fantasy world.

Mayuko Nakamura

Mayuko Nakamura was born in Osaka, Japan. Utilizing vibrant colors and imagery, Mayuko depicts stylized and seductive women from her unique female perspective. Her girls are provocative and sexual, but even more importantly, strong and powerful….as Mayuko herself aspires to be.

“Sweets Planet”

Using shiny colorful sand, which is called SUNAE in Japan, I’m making SUNAE art. I always get inspirations from things around my everyday life, such as my favorite sweets, sunny side up eggs, the big continuous sky and the rain, etc. My art is the reflection of my imagination. I usually get ideas and start sketching when I imagine surreal things and have a moment like “Ah, the whole scenery would be funnier if those things looked like this!” I always hope to live life brightly each day just like the sparkly shiny sand that gracefully slips through my hands and fingers.


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