Murals of La Jolla is an initiative undertaken in 2010 in La Jolla, a seaside community in San Diego with a fabulous view over the ocean. The project’s Art Advisory Committee, composed of the heads of the major visual arts organisations in La Jolla, periodically commissions artists to cover the walls of privately held buildings in the neighbourhood with murals printed on vinyl and installed on billboard-like structures. The result is an en plein air art venue and an invasion of witty, colourful, large-scale art brought to San Diego’s streets. The praiseworthy project offers the entire local community a free display of museum quality art; to date, new works by Catherine Opie, Nina Katchadourian, Julian Opie, among others, have been installed throughout La Jolla. Murals of Jolla is an initiative of the La Jolla Community Foundation.
Thumbprint Gallery is a unique space in San Diego, as it features all forms of lowbrow art, including street art, graffiti, murals and illustrations, all of which are proudly celebrated. The gallery was founded in 2009 in La Jolla, and presents a programme of month-long exhibitions; moreover, each month, their art is brought to downtown San Diego for a night show at Bar Basic. Recent exhibitions include Red White Blue, a display of paintings with a dense and controversial political meaning, for which artist Saratoga Sake only used the colours of the American flag; and Monstro and the Kelp Kids, a series of drawings of childish characters by Michael ‘Monstrinho’ Amorillo.
Thumbprint Gallery, 920 Kline St #104 La Jolla, CA, USA, +1 858 354 6294