California is well known for its art, from the many murals and urban pieces around the city to the colourful pop culture icons and characters that adorn everything from T-shirts to food items. With Cal Arts being one of the most highly acclaimed universities for those seeking work in art and animation, and of course Hollywood being home to creators with picture perfect visual skills, it’s no wonder that the area as a whole has a highly art-centric. For many visitors however the Street Art may be the only elements of the scene that they can come in contact with that aren’t commercialised, this is where the galleries come in. Putting artists from all backgrounds and skill levels up together in one cohesive exhibition space makes it easier for them to share their works and for visitors to absorb as much local art as possible. Here are some of the most respected contemporary and urban art galleries in California, where you can expect to see a plethora of styles and subject matters.
With a collection of works here from great artists in the area the Known Gallery houses some terrific and varied urban art that shows the evolution of paint from tags to complex lettering and photorealistic murals. One of the best examples here is well known California artist Saber who’s tags can be seen all around LA. Joining the rising graffiti movement early Saber joined some of the biggest street art crews and consequently made a huge name for himself in the outdoor art scene. In the gallery here you will be able to see some of his new works that include signature complex lettering, hypnotic landscapes and of course the occasional tag scrawl.
In Culver City you will find this space dedicated to real contemporary art, not just things this side of the 1900’s. Thinkspace deals with artists from all around that harbour the same modern vision in delivering their particular style of art. Expect to see a wide range of art here from miniature sculpture pieces to huge canvases. Currently showing Jacub Gagnon’s Dream World, a spectacle of imagery that shows fantastical and beautifully lit snapshots of imaginary nature, visualising odd relationships and wordplay.