Billy Shire and La Luz de Jesus

October 8, 2011

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.

Frank Kozik:

Matthew Price (top), Kim Scott (left), Ralfka Gonzalez (right):

Clayton Brothers:

Corey Sandelius:

Jennybird Alcantara:

Glenn Barr (center), Glen C. Davies (right):

Frijol Boy:

Gail Potocki (center), Nicola Verlato (right):

Francisco Rodriguez Maruca:

Laurie Lipton:



  1. brysislupin on October 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Wow amazing. Spooky and kinda disturbing but still amazing.

  2. Xenith on October 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Mike I am a little behind as of late due to family issues, however I just saw this and I cant thank you enough 🙂

    I know ALOT of fans who will be made up… including myself.

    Makes me wish I could have kept going just to display this.

    You made my day!

  3. doomsdaylol on October 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Texas is the Zone.

  4. doomsdaylol on October 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Corey Sandelius 3

  5. doomsdaylol on October 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    And…..nvm. Heh.

  6. doomsdaylol on October 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm


  7. celina1008 on October 16, 2011 at 4:54 am

    i love the picture “Crown of flowes” by Francisco Rodriguez Maruca

  8. St.Owner on October 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Hello. My name is Aperture. I create electronica/dubstep. Please proceed with clicking on my link, and we can begin the testing

  9. demozene on October 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    my fav is Glenn Barr’s picture

    Mike please see my new Jornada Del Muerto & fan named Ambient (Part of Me’s hidden instrumental) coverz!

  10. thegluelpfan on October 15, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Wow…you keep making me jealous that I don’t live in LA 😀

  11. mrmmusictech on October 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

    thanks mike for sharing this cool art! hey everyone and mike check out my ART!!

  12. mikeecem on October 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    i loved! thanks for sharing i’m waiting your new arts 🙂 loves.

  13. ristinw on October 12, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for sharing his awesome work here! 😀

  14. akismet-e6dc45582db9948a882d6fcf7146d38b on October 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Liked Mr. Music Tech’s Video. I think I just read your comments as you and it freaked me out for a second. Phew. It’s bad enough I think I fell into another dimension. I Luz all them skull guys and the skull lady. Also…. those other guys. Hope u’ve been well.

  15. mrmmusictech on October 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

    it’d be really cool if this art got a bit of views

  16. anvanoppens on October 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I just took time to translate a horrible and unprofessional review of Linkin Park’s show at Rock Werchter in Belgium last summer, written by Humo magazine, to English and I posted it -as well as my opinion- to the LP forums (I hope I’m allowed to do that)…
    I don’t know if you’re interested in reading it. In my opinion that review is full of rudeness though.
    The link to the original (Dutch written) article is also included in my post. That show was an amazing experience to most of us (very clearly when you look at the comments there, it’s all in Dutch though)
    My translation (I did my best):

  17. anvanoppens on October 11, 2011 at 3:19 am

    LP fans from BELGIUM? Please pay attention to this:
    (Sorry for spamming, Mike!)

  18. bbbiyok on October 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    LOL ‘DD
    That’s Awesome.!

  19. Nina Nine on October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    One question. LP was always reinventing it self, trying something new, why you’re never try to sing in spanish?

  20. jershalp on October 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Woah thats awesome stuff there…. Really cool….
    When are you putting up ur stuff there ???

  21. artemis2620 on October 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

    hey mike hope u are good 🙂 well i really like photo number 4 and 8 and dont like the last one , it creeps me out…x

  22. jagta on October 10, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love the last one! Damn!!! Gives me creeps…

  23. cincybmxlpfreak on October 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Wow. Amazing stuff! 🙂

  24. anvanoppens on October 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

    This is really great!
    Frijol Boy is my favorite here…(Just checked his other work, awesome!)
    Gosh I wish I lived in LA too, to be able to go see it all for myself (The galleries in my country usually have very old art, which I’m not a very big fan of…Not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I prefer modern stuff)
    Some of these pieces remind me of your work, very nice!

  25. evooba on October 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Wow! Sick paintings! Wish I could somehow teleport to LA to see them with my own eyes but thanks for the photos 🙂 Not bad at all!

  26. dcl1982 on October 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Cool! I like the image before the text the most!

  27. 1oo71 on October 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hey, your photos are a’ight.

  28. immalpfan on October 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Love the pictures! Wish I can go there! And Mike, ur picture ain’t terrible, it’s awesome:D

  29. argol8489 on October 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I never thought that an offering of “Día de muertos” was part art exhibition, I am delighted.
    I hope someday to see this exhibition, I am fascinated with the paintings.

  30. sonokeling2011 on October 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I love paintings, I love ths art n Since I think I hv to kill to go there (not that I’m pesimistic hehehehehehe :D) n I don’t want to kill anyone, so thx for sharing , Mike, those skulls r cute , love the bunnies, n the frame of the bunnies reminds me of Bali . Cool things

  31. Alexandra Nofi on October 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I can’t stop staring at the painting by Corey Sandelius… I have no idea why.

  32. milasouza11 on October 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I miss yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou…
    Mike, you live in my heart!

    By: Camila (Brazil)

  33. emzlp123 on October 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Looks epic! For the millionth time in the past, like, 5 years, I wish I lived in LA!

  34. xvshadow on October 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    If you liked this gallery, you should check out Cactus in Eagle Rock, California! Their page on Facebook can be found at

  35. vickykun on October 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    OMG when I saw those images my eyes suddenly budded in wonderment. For real. I not kiddind. I wish I was there to see that personally.

    You probably know which one of those are my favorite.
    Not the skull one.

    Brilliant modern art designers. I loved it

    kiss kiss

  36. seaner on October 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Do you remember that night with everyone at the Clayton Brothers Show sponsored by Miller High life. That was a crazy night.

  37. JAVHIERA GUEVARA ARCE on October 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm


  38. nataku on October 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    potocki, polish last name.

  39. tinalein76 on October 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Mike 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Wish you a great weekend 🙂
    Best wishes from Germany 🙂

  40. yomarqueslp on October 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love them all! Beautiful 🙂

  41. Zara on October 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    ooh Spanish skulls, I love them! Some beautiful colours, and the last one has a kind of a Miss Havisham vibe, nice. Have you got any art projects going on?

  42. Ally on October 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    This looks so cool!

  43. linkinparkette on October 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    yay for bunnie picture :3
    those pictures are scary

  44. sagback on October 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Wooww Jennybird Alcantara: is really amazing 😥 why dont I have a big one of it to do a wall paper or taking a shoot for my room wall ? 🙂 Nice post mike ! !

  45. kathyxx on October 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Darn it, someone invent a teleporter to LA already.

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