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La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire.

Its objective: to bring underground art and counterculture to the public forefront.

The gallery showcases figurative and narrative works of folk, outsider and deviant appeal. Robert Williams, Joe Coleman and Manuel Ocampo exemplify the art exhibited in the first years of La Luz de Jesus.


Exhibitions have commonly been described in  popular art and culture publications as post-pop, pop-surrealist or lowbrow. In fact, JUXTAPOZ Magazine dubbed Shire as “the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow” .


Shire was presented with a legends’ award in 2009 at the Beyond Eden Art Festival for his integral role in the foundation & support of the new school of California art.

Exhibits open the first Friday of each month and are marked with a public reception. GQ Magazine describes First Friday at La Luz  as “the biggest and best party in Los Angeles.”
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