Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘J Michael Walker’


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J Michael Walker is a local artist whose work clearly illustrates his deep regard for Los Angeles, Mexico and South America, and his attraction to literature, history, culture, and social issues such as class and race. From his study of L. A.’s “saint streets” that, over an eight year period, resulted in a magnificent body […]

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Val Echavarria is moving to the back. That is, this local artist has created her new studio space at the back of Avenue 50 Studio. Val is a multi-media artist who works in pastel, pencil, acrylics, and watercolor. She’s also a sculptor and done assemblage art and collage. She opens her studio doors this weekend… […]

“Believe” at Ave. 50 Studio

“Believe” at Ave. 50 Studio

“Three years ago I was blessed and honored to be awarded an artist fellowship from the Sacatar Foundation in Bahía, Brazil. I was profoundly moved by my experiences there—the warmly welcoming community, the rich cultural mixing, the palpable spiritually—and they have seeped continuously into my artwork ever since,” writes artist J Michael Walker. His newest […]

Pachamama: World Mother

Pachamama: World Mother

In early literature, she was depicted as “a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices,” which included elaborate miniature garments, as well as llamas. Today, Pachamama, revered by the indigenous people of the Andes is regarded as benevolent and giving, as nature itself; a “dragoness fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting” (BroomCloset). In […]

Shepard Fairey. Samella. BPP. Mandela

Shepard Fairey. Samella. BPP. Mandela

“Revolution’s just another word for change,” former Black Panther Party members Gene Washington and Hank Jones (one of the San Francisco 8) say almost simultaneously. “But people are afraid of change.” And so it was in late 1967 or early ’68 when Hank Jones decided to sign up to join the Black Panther Party for […]

Black History: RISE Arts Exhibit

Black History:  RISE Arts Exhibit

Over 40 artists submitted work that references the legacy of the Black Panther Party. Los Angeles is the first of 5 cities for this show concept, which also includes Oakland, New York, Chicago, and London. The Black Panther Party…these men and women, who were motivated by love for their communities, inspired people all over the […]

The Saints of Skid Row

The Saints of Skid Row

A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a city which itself is named for a saint. (Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels – that is, the Virgin Mary). One […]

Seeking Spirits with J. Michael Walker

Seeking Spirits with J. Michael Walker

A lot goes on in J. Michael Walker’s work. You need time, a moment, maybe a little stillness and quiet to take it all in, to hear the birds, to feel the rustle of the wind, the ache of years, the magic of life, to be infused by the characters and souls he nurtures to […]

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

  From oversized photographic cut-outs of a woman sticking out her tongue whose skin is actually cat hair to a sketch by Rembrandt, this is the L.A. Arts Show. Last Wednesday night was the gala opening and thanks to Victoria Wilson Roberts and Vicki Laidig, yours truly was able to experience the evening. Also in […]

Words & Works: on Paper

Words & Works: on Paper

J. Michael Walker opens his solo show, “Words on Paper/Works on Paper,” paintings and drawings inspired by the printed word, this Saturday at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Walker believes in “cross-fertilization,” stating that the creativity of others, whether it be the written word or a more tactile medium, influences his work. “We inspire […]

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