Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Post-Hanukkha, Week-Before-Christmas, Kwanzaa Preparation Sale!

There are a handful of artists whose work is so highly sought that it almost never becomes available for sale. Acquiring a piece involves cozying up to a gallerist for a good, long time just to get added to the bottom of that artist's waiting list. If the artist is not prolific, the prospect of ever actually owning a painting is somewhere between slim and none.

Joe Coleman is such an artist.

His shows are almost entirely pre-sold, and his painstaking, three-hair brush technique doesn't lend itself to a large body of work. In a career that spans over three decades, his total output is still under 150 paintings.

We have two Joe Coleman paintings for sale, both of which are incredibly important and valuable works from his early gallery period. Pictured at left is Divine Comedy from 1993, a signature work which contains a self-portrait in his ubiquitous grotesque. This and 1991's The Need to Incorporate Sexual Fantasy into Everyday Life (a piece so controversial that we can't post it to our blogger account), are part of the Secret Holiday Sale of paintings from the collections of our collectors.

This is a very atypical collection of works, featuring the very first Joe Sorren experiment with oil paint, Marylin Monroe, from the Pin-Ups group show back in 1996 (the figure is acrylic, but the hair is oil). Joe's recent work has been snatched up by some of the most important and influential collectors in the market, and pure portraiture is extremely rare within his oeuvre. His work simply never hits the resale market, and this painting has the added cache of being historically significant in charting the artist's progression.

Similarly, we have a beautiful Daniel Martin Diaz painting (in a gorgeous hand made frame) that was featured in his published catalog Mysterium Fidelis. We have a classic Bill Ward conte crayon drawing from a 60s girlie magazine. We've got a seminal Eric White painting from 1996 that hints at the genius to come. We've got a Laurie Lipton commission from 1975 that might be the earliest example of her work that you will ever see!

What else? How about an authentic, signed Salvador Dali woodblock print from 1964, or two H. R. Giger silkscreened artist proofs from the early 70s? How about three Syd Mead gouaches from the late 1960s –from that most desirable body of work done for U.S. Steel! A big Clive Barker charcoal! A couple of small Camille Rose Garcia paintings! Three Clayton Brothers paintings from back in the day! Multiple Chris Mars, Shag, and Biskup paintings!

This is like Juxtapoz Magazine's Greatest Hits, all under a single banner: The Secret Holiday Sale!

This is seriously the kind of work that justifies selling vehicles, stock portfolios and taking on second mortgages to buy. And this is only the beginning. I'll be adding more paintings right up until Christmas Eve, including dream pieces by Gary Baseman, Scott Musgrove, and Isabel Samaras. First come, first served! This past week we sold multiple Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey and Marion Peck pieces, and if I had any more of their work, I'd list it, but I do not. There are pieces from other artists that I would loved to post that I can't. If you've got an artist whose work you've been dying to collect, let me know. I might have it right here already.

Don't be the last person without a chair when the music stops. Shoot me an email and get on the notification list. If you see a piece you want to buy, but don't think you can afford it, call me to see about working out some payment terms. You deserve this.
Get yourself a present this Christmas.
Spend some of that Hanukkha gelt!
Or just buy some high class decorations for Kwanzaa.

Of course there's really no excuse necessary for buying art, because owning art is its own reward, and the art in this collection offers a whole 'nother level of reward. Link here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

And did I mention we have a Dali?

The Secret La Luz de Jesus X-Mas Art Sale is on!

People who signed up for our email list and checked off the boxes next to their favorite artists got a heads up on this, but we sold some Shepard Fairey, Robert Williams, and Marion Peck paintings a few days ago.

I ran out of available work from them, but I've restocked with H.R. Giger, Joe Sorren, Clive Barker and Salvador Dali.

Yes, you read that correctly. We've got a signed Salvador Dali piece!
We've also got three Syd Mead paintings! Click the image and check out the sale. This art is going fast...

There is a lot of stuff I couldn't list to preserve the anonymity of certain collectors and estates who have provided these choice selections. Shoot me an artist want list, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two Chances for Holiday Patronage

Christopher Ulrich has launched a holiday patronage program on Kickstarter:

"My name is Christopher Ulrich. I have done an alchemical journey through painting. The first series was called Demoneater and it represented “the black phase." I had my first one man show on November 2nd, 2007 at the Bergamot Station in which these works were featured. That set the process into motion. Two years later, after a lot of hard work, I began The Illuminator series which represents “the white phase." Those works were shown on my birthday August 6th, 2010 at The La Luz Jesus Gallery. I am now on the eve of completing this journey. The next and final series will be The Reckoning which represents "the red phase." I want to create 12 new paintings, one of which will be a large epic mural and it is scheduled to be shown on December 7th, 2012. I currently need the funding of $12,000 to pay for these new surfaces and frames that I have designed and materials to execute them with. My hopes are to complete the Great Work. When I first began to fulfill this dream, I was not widely known. However during the process, I have gained a growing recognition which has been very encouraging. If I could generate the funds for the 3rd project and reward any contributions with my various gift supplements, I would consider it not only an honor but the Universe's blessing to see this thing through."

Christopher Ulrich's work is rich with process; he routinely develops up to a dozen graphite design studies before initiating each of his paintings. He will be rewarding pledges with those studies from his next show, The Reckoning, which debuts at La Luz de Jesus on December 7th, 2012. If 240 people donated a mere $50 each, he would reach his budget goal, and be able to begin working on the last entry of his Christ Chronocrator series. I know that money is tight, but this is a worthy cause that would pay off in bragging rights alone –and you'll get artwork that is already worth a hell of a lot more than your donation.

There are pledge levels from $25 to $5,000.00, with each level of donation reaping greater rewards than the last. La Luz de Jesus Gallery will be taking no commission from these, so please donate knowing that all of your pledges go directly to funding Christopher's next show.

The Twelve Days of X-Mas Sale Begins Tomorrow!

I'll be sending out notification tonight at midnight to herald the beginning of our Twelve Days of X-Mas Sale.

Following the success of our Black Friday Art Sale, I was contacted by a handful of private patrons and estate managers to represent more high-profile, Blue Chip caliber works –including actual, museum exhibited paintings. In addition to a new assortment of pieces from The Clayton Brothers, Shepard Fairey and Camille Rose Garcia, this twelve-day, virtual exhibition and private sale includes original work from Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger and visionary futurist Syd Mead, whose collective influence reaches beyond the art world to have permanently impacted pop-culture, industrial design, entertainment and architecture.

Not every masterpiece will be posted (to preserve a degree of anonymity for the sellers), so if you would like to receive information on these and other once-in-a-lifetime purchase opportunities, shoot me an email ( and I'll respond with images, sizes and prices.

Buying art changes lives.
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Zombie Time!

It's almost Christmas, and that can only mean one thing...

The Walking Dead season finale aired on AMC Sunday, which means we couldn't have planned it better to have Sean Yseult of White Zombie signing her new memoir, I'm in the Band, here on Tuesday night from 6-8pm. The folks at Sino Tequila will be mixing some drinks. Sorry, no zombies, just margaritas.

Below are some pics from our last two music-themed events. Friday, at the opening reception for the Winter Folk Art Show, we hosted the World-Wide Debut of James Slay & Carlos Grasso's new multi-media project, Dumfuxx. Coagula art journal gave the performance a rave review and included a YouTube link:

The following night we held a signing for Lesli Cabarga's Topless Summer Love Girls, which featured a Burlesque show and several incredible musical performances led by Will Ryan and the Cactus Cowboys including Ian Whitcomb, and Gunsmoke's Johnny Crawford!

On Sunday we held a signing for Joe Oesterle's Weird Hollywood and Muttpop's Fabien Mense. But this week we've got even more events that will challenge your work-week comfort zone:

On Thursday night we'll be hosting Adam Parfrey and the Feral House gang for a Winter Solstice Celebration. New ink from Genesis P. Orrige and others. Slide shows and total craziness is scheduled to ensue!

And by weeks end I'll be announcing something so ridiculous that you'll think I'm pulling the wool, but it will be True! Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembering Miriam Wosk

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times, November 11th:

"Her art was definitely a major deal and her use of materials broke a lot of boundaries," Billy Shire told The Los Angeles Times. "She kind of put forth in her work that art could be beautiful as well as meaningful."

Working in paint, pastel and collage on paper, Miriam Wosk often began with an anatomical image that she smothered "in veil upon veil of floral ornament and pattern, creating a sort of gothic, hyper-decorative Surrealism that is as invigorating for the imagination as it is for the eye," according to a 2006 Times review of the show "Sequins and Skeletons" held at the now-defunct Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery in Culver City.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Diwali from Laurie Lipton & Jessica Joslin!

Diwali (a contraction of the word Deepavali, meaning row of lamps) is the festival of lights, the most important celebration in Hinduism. It's an occasion to wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family and friends. In western terms, it's something of a combination of Easter, Hannukkha and New Year's Day.

Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen oil lamps and burst firecrackers. In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. In Sikhism, Deepavali commemorates the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji to Amritsar after freeing 52 Hindu kings imprisoned in Fort Gwalior by defeating Emperor Jahangir.

Tonight, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, we'll be celebrating Diwali by welcoming the return of artists Jessica Joslin and Laurie Lipton, who will each be signing collected volumes of their work from 7-8PM, before kicking off the opening reception that runs from 8-11 PM. The DOSA catering truck will be parked out front supplying the very best South Indian savory crepes, samosas, masalas and lassis, and the Los Angeles Absinthe Club will be set-up in the back patio, adding a green fairy to the air of Victorian mystery inherent in Laurie's intricate works on paper and Jessica's exquisite constructs of brass and bone. The pictures above and below offer a quick glimpse of the exhibition in mid-assembly.

Early arrival is recommended!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christopher Ulrich Halloween Studio Sale

This Sunday (on Halloween) from 11 AM to 7 PM, we'll be hosting a Studio Sale for Christopher Ulrich. This is a great opportunity for fans and collectors to buy large studies and completed paintings for less than you might expect to pay for prints! There are over 100 Illuminator Discovery Works, and they are priced to move so he can clean out his studio and get crackin' on the final series in his Christ Chronocrator Cylce: The Reckoning, which will be opening on December 7, 2012 at La Luz de Jesus.

On Sunday, there will be pieces for $100! Check the site for a few very special offers, too!

I know a few East Coast and International gallerists who will be using this opportunity to buy works for mark-up and resale, so call me to reserve your purchases before they grab the piece you want: (323) 547-3227.

The sale will be held on one day only at an off-campus location:
1223 Daniels Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A little love from the mainstream

The November issue of Elle Magazine ran a feature on fashion mogul Erin Fetherston, who listed Soap Plant / Wacko & La Luz de Jesus as one of her favorite shopping spots in Los Angeles. She's a recent transplant to Los Feliz via New York, and the SoCal climate, geography and architecture plays heavily into her new designs. Welcome to the neighborhood, Erin!

In case you missed the Tiki Farm 10th Anniversary Exhibition, below are just a few pics from the opening, which saw the sale of almost 500 tiki mugs before the clock struck midnight!

People were lined up from the register to outside in the back parking lot for the six new Exclusive Glaze edition Tiki Mugs designed by Atomic Tony Tiki, Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Ghost, Joe Vitale and Mr. G. There must have been almost 2,000 attendees over the course of the evening, but we still have a handful of the mugs left. Call the Shop on the Wacko line: (323) 663-0122, or visit to snatch up those last remaining, limited edition tikis.

This coming weekend (on Halloween) we'll be hosting a studio sale that is not to be missed. Details soon to follow...

Saturday, October 16, 2010 the Gods of TIKI!

Tonight is the opening reception for the Tiki Farm 10th Anniversary Exhibition. We've got a hot little luau planned, too. We've got 30 gallons of Mai-Tai, Judy from Sino Tequila will mixing the best margaritas in town and at 7 o'clock Bogie's will be dropping off a full barrel of Tecate when Soap Plant/Wacko alumni Yvette Dudoit will be prepping her delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Holden Westland is still putting the final touches on the display, which will run through Halloween, but if you want to get your mitts on the six new Exclusive Glaze edition Tiki Mugs from Atomic Tony Tiki, Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Japanese tiki master Ghost, Joe Vitale and Mr. G., you'd better get in here tonight! These are expected to completely sell out, as the original planned editions were made even rarer when master molds on several designs were destroyed mid-production. What remains are true collector's pieces!

Literally, every single tiki mug ever produced by Tiki Farm will be on display. That includes every mug, bowl, decanter, bank and shot glass by Shag, Scheidly, Pizz, Squid, Big Toe, Mitch O'Connell, Drew Brophy, Derek Yaniger and everybody else! This special occasion is not to be missed, and tonight most of the artists who've contributed to the hardest working company in Tiki are expected to attend. Check out the installation below:

That's a lot of boxes of tiki mugs –and it's less than a fifth of what's on display.

Holden's helpers building the display cases.

Spacing and securing the newly built cases.

The Tiki man himself, Holden Westland, mid-installation.

The Dynotones will be keepin' the joint jumpin' with their driving Surf Sounds and DJ Big Tiki Dude will be spinnin' an eclectic mix of Exotica, Hawaiian Style, Hapa Haole & Surf tunes.

I'd like to give a big shout-out to Nathan Ota, who can't attend this evening because he's at a reception for his own new exhibition (featuring a collaboration with spray-can entrepreneur Risk) out in Costa Mesa at Hurley's )( Space.

And for all our Bay Area peeps who can't make it down to LA this weekend, I highly recommend that you check out APE: the Alternative Press Expo. La Luz de Jesus alumni Danni Shinya Luo and Karen Hsiao each have exhibition space, as do Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson. Stop by and say hello, or purchase the limited edition books, prints and fanzines that each has at their tables.

I'll be making a quick stop over to Hyaena Gallery in Burbank on my way back from Costco to check out a preview of regular Kitschen Sync contributor Bree Hranek's first solo show, but I'll be back at Wacko in time for the Luau.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

From the King of Lowbrow...

"...I've been coming to this place for 47 years and believe me, 10 years ago you couldn't have this kind of art in this venue. Abstract expressionism (and) Conceptualism ruled here right up until recently. If you come here and you take this for granted you are making a big mistake, because a lot had to change in this country to have a show like this. I just want to thank all of you people and I'm just, overwhelmed, absolutely overwhelmed. "
- Robert Williams upon receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at Beyond Eden

"We're honoring one of the world's most foremost artists of today. Not only is he a great storyteller, but a great painter."
- Billy Shire on Robert Williams at Beyond Eden 2010

In case you missed last weekend's Beyond Eden Art Fair at historic Barnsdall Park, the video above captures the Award Ceremony for Lifetime Achievement recipient Robert Williams. There were over 3,000 attendees and in addition to chairing the awards counsel, La Luz de Jesus Gallery had an exhibition space (and a project room) to showcase 14 artists who've each made an impact on the contemporary post-pop landscape of Los Angeles, where each of them resides.

The event was covered by the LA Times, and reports have since popped up on the Hi-fructose blog, and literally hundreds if not thousands of others.

Here are some pics:

Mark Bodnar (left) guards the doorway out to Christopher Ulrich's Illuminator series

A whole wall of Christopher Ulrich's Illuminator.

Ana Bagayan and Laurie Lipton flank the centerpiece of Illuminator: "Humility."

Jennifer Jelenski's free standing triptych.

Three new Mark Todd paintings.

Damian Fulton does a little live painting on four decks in the Black Flag vein.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We do throw a party, don't we?

In case you couldn't join us, here are some pictures –both before and during the opening reception for the Art of the Lowbrow Tarot and the Karen Hsiao, Christine Wu and Matt Wood exhibitions this past Friday. Incredibly, we were joined by an overwhelming majority of the participants who traveled from as far as China and England to be here.

Big congratulations to Lowbrow Tarot artist Brian Viveros who had a sell-out show the very next night at Thinkspace. We hope you'll join us for the Beyond Eden Art Fair this weekend, where legend La Luz alumni Robert Williams will be presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the arts.
Ciao for now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wow, Hsiao!

Congrats to Karen Hsiao who has two cover features on news stands now –just as her new exhibition, Between the Spaces, is about to open. Come on down this Friday (October 1st) to congratulate her! Between 7 and 8 PM, she'll be signing copies of her deluxe photo volume, Rubber Duck, recently published by Baby Tattoo Books. The reception closes at 11, but the show is up all month long. Fellow Art Center alumni Christine Wu and Matt Wood will be making their gallery debuts alongside her in Gallery I, and the Art of the Lowbrow Tarot Exhibition occupies the recently constructed Gallery II. Bear Flag Wine is sponsoring, and there are secret plans unraveling that I can't talk about yet. See you on Friday!

BUT BEFORE THEN: Don't miss Thursday night's Dave Cooper book release party either!
From 6-9 PM, he'll be kicking off his Bent Tour! Way to go, Dave!