La Luz de Jesus is one of the most important galleries in Los Angeles. I remember the first time I visited the wild-looking building in the late ’90s; the vibrant colors and bizarre decor–an outsider’s mix of tattoo, pinup, and traditional Mexican art–told me right away that this was a unique place.
Clearly, the thing that made this gallery special wasn’t the decor. La Luz de Jesus has featured and introduced some of the most exciting artists of its “whatever-you-want-to-call-it” scene: Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Gary Baseman, Owen and Aaron Smith, Shawn Barber, Matt Groening, The Clayton Brothers, Shag, Manuel Ocampo, Charlie Immer, Scott Musgrove, Marion Peck, Tim Biskup, Joe Sorren, and Mark Ryden, to name a few.
Last night was the opening of the 25th Anniversary show at La Luz, celebrating Billy Shire and his amazing gallery. After the jump, you’ll see some of my terrible photos of the event. To really enjoy the images, just head down to La Luz de Jesus.
Matthew Price (top), Kim Scott (left), Ralfka Gonzalez (right):
Gail Potocki (center), Nicola Verlato (right):
Francisco Rodriguez Maruca: