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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



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

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).




8/5: Bunnie Reiss All Our Nature at La Luz de Jesus


Bunnie Reiss All Our Nature

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

In this world of constant expansion of technology, how do we go back and behave like our trueanimal selves? How do we continue to go by instinct? To .nd courage in a time and spacewhere our connection seems to be forced by computer keys and tiny, glowing screens that showus a world that exists behind a pixelated force. This new work is a story of us, of all our nature,of how we can .nd our brave selves again and come into the beasts that we are, without fear,without hesitation. It is the complicated simplicity of being the human animal, with our abilities toreason ourselves right out of our true nature. I want us to remember before we could remember where our nature came from, how we all lived in harmony, how we survived on the trees, the air,and the soft moss under our hoofs. –

My family is mostly Polish and Russian, and I was raised fairly conservatively Jewish. There was always lots of eating, loud talking, family and community. Although I rebelled against much of the organized part of my religion, I rely on the mysticism part of it to guide my adult life. Born in Maryland, raised mostly with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado, I studied literature in Greeley, Colorado, worked for NPR and various other publications, while painting quietly on the side. My interest in pursuing more a full-time art career kept growing and growing, and eventually I relocated to San Francisco and received my MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. I than moved to France for a bit to study very formal drawing and painting in a small town in Brittany, and came back to the west coast to continue my life in Oakland. I relocated to Los Angeles about year and a half ago, mostly to pursue mural projects and larger installation ideas. – Bunnie Reiss


Michael Murphy’s Illustrative Architecture at La Luz de Jesus 8/5

Michael Murphy

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

Michael Murphy’s illustrative paintings are inspired by architecture, built and imagined. Formally educated and trained as an architect, he has taken a professional detour and attempted to re-imagine the built landscape via personal design studies and various avenues of rendering.

Murphy is originally from San Francisco and having spent many years living in London, England he developed an acute desire to interpret to the vastness and solitude of the California deserts and to interject it with a personal interpretation of modern architecture and memory.

Upon returning to San Francisco in 2008, Michael continued this endeavor and was able to reabsorb the influences of the built environment around us firsthand, particularly in Southern California, and present his interpretations via varied rendering styles and sometimes scaleless environments coupled with a non-cynical acknowledgment of American consumerism.


3/6: Laluzapalooza 2015, 29th Annual Group Show!

March 6 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 8-11 PM

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


La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Last year they sorted through 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.

Past shows have featured as many as 330 pieces and as few as 100, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent. Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

Artist List (more to come!)

Donna Abbate
Peter Adamyan
Nathan Anderson
Briana Bainbridge
Dan Barry
Alexandra Bastien
Davidd Batalon
Vicki Berndt
Michelle Bickford
Sue Blanchard
Jason Brammer
Katherine Brannock
Jennifer Celio
Adrian Cherry
Carol Connett
Robert Steven Connett
Edward Robin Coronel
Matthew Couper
brian dombrowsky
Mike Egan
Bruce Eichelberger
Haunted Euth
Joshua Flint
Frank Forte
Michael Foulkrod
Francisco Franco
Don Fritz
Richard J Frost
Wendy Lee Gadzuk
Jeff Gillette
Bruce Gossett
Conrad Haberland
Walt Hall
Howard Hallis
Derek Harrison
Annette Hassell
Scott Holloway
Jack Howe
Stephanie Inagaki
Nozomi Kanai
Simon Kangiser
Jeffrey R. Kibbe
Craig LaRotonda
Gabe Larson
Josh Lawyer
Mavis Leahy
Dave Lebow
Chris Leib
MJ Lindo
Alexis Lopez
Danni Shinya Luo
Dion Macellari
Jon MacNair
Drew Mancilla
D.W. Marino
Aya Masuda
Caitlin McCormack
Patrick McGrath Muniz
Genie Melisande
Jason Miracle
Moore Graham
Pamela Mower-Conner
Azygous (Diana C. Munoz)
Michael Murphy
Dave Naz
Jaya Nicely
Ron Norman
Daisuke Okamoto
Cristina Paulos
Andrea Palves
Valerie Pobjoy
Matthew J. Price
Eric “Q” Quezada
Rob Reger
Jeffrey Richter
Aaron Rivera
Lena Rushing
Ken Ruzic
Jeanny Jean Sandoval
Van Saro
Josh Stebbins
Sean Stepanoff
Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
Annie Terrazzo
Paul Torres
Rocío Torres
Pol Turgeon
Inge Vandormael
Dave Warshaw
Nicole Waszak
Lauren Wilde
March Willey
Christine Wu
Kate Zambrano


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