Thursday, June 25, 2009

Group Show feat Jessica Dalva, Scott Holloway, Misato Otake, Jasmine Worth at La Luz Aug 2009

August Group Show featuring
Jessica Dalva
Scott Holloway
Misato Otake
Jasmine Worth

August 7 - 30, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, August 7, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm


4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243

Online press release with images:

Jessica Dalva "The Devouring of Dominic"
Jessica Dalva loves all things dusty and weathered – whether Victorian portraits of unhappy children or broken fence posts, abandoned and splintered. A mixture of sculpture, painting, fog, driftwood and crows, Dalva's show draws mostly from the story of a sister who loses her brother to mysterious monsters thick in the fog and how she compensates for her loss by collecting piles of things she doesn't need. "It seems to me that it is a common affliction these days to feel the need to acquire objects, or tasty treats, or gambling debts, in order to fill the spaces left behind by mysteries we cannot solve, loves lost or dreams abandoned; this show will look at how various people deal with inadequacies in their lives," states Dalva. Dalva grew up in Northern California and recently graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration.

Scott Holloway
Holloway's current work centers on the holy relics of Saints and biblical figures as highly detailed anatomical icons. Holloway fuses these images with passages from the Bible and text from medical treatise, sprinkled with a bit of Surrealism. Working with oil on panel as well as mixed media, Holloway's pieces conjure up images torn from an old anatomy book, an icon that emerged from an unknown religion and skulls that remind us of our own mortality. Born in Bellingham, Massachusetts in 1969, Holloway discovered his talent at an early age. Encouraged by his teachers to pursue an art career, he explored realism in the tradition of the Northern Renaissance. His efforts won him several awards for his work in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Holloway spent four years studying the oil painting techniques of the Old Masters at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Since then, Holloway has been working steadily from his studios in Worcester, and exhibiting his work at area galleries as well LA, NYC, Berlin and London. "I love to work with concepts. I have also created a Madonna and Child series. These works at first appear to the viewer as religious icons. But if you look closer, you will notice I have included an underlying 'femme fatale' theme using a lot of ironic symbolism" states Holloway.

Misato Otake "Murdered by Beauty"

In her work Misato Otake expresses her affinity with the cute characters of Japanese pop culture and the tattoo, street art and rock 'n ' roll music of contemporary Los Angeles. "Murdered by Beauty" tells of a tragic place where girls use their power of attraction to fulfill desire in a society where sex suppresses and ultimately destroys life and nature. Working with pen and ink, Otake loves to incorporate fine outlines in her acrylic and panel paintings. Otake has included among the 10 pieces in "Murdered by Beauty", her first sculpture, created from Super Sculpy, wires, wood, and beads. Born in Japan, Otake moved to Los Angeles to study art at the age of 15 and currently works as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator.

Jasmine Worth "Inner Child"

Jasmine Worth crafts scenes from fairytales gone awry—swirling seamlessly between the sweet and surreal, inevitably dipping into the valley of the morbid. Jasmine studied formally at Watts Atelier in Encinitas, California, and earned her BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design. While she possesses the credentials, the product of her toils clearly pours from the cobwebbed corners of her mind, not the classroom. Her paintings—a cabaret of vibrant hues—are a blend of soft textures and colorful characters, juxtaposed against gloomy themes. Created in her home of San Diego, Jasmine combines dark influences and subtle-yet-serious undertones with raw artistic talent and a rarely seen creativity. Her work exudes a strong bearing of individuality, manifested through characters that speak almost vocally and give a new element of depth to an otherwise two dimensional medium. Each scene tells a story and every story is as diverse in emotion as it is in appearance. "Inner Child" is based on the concept of the inner child manifest as an independent entity. Worth has recently switched her medium from gouache to oil. "Inner Child" will be the largest collection of her oil works to date. Worth's is collected by the likes of curator/collector Gino Joukar, artist Bibi Davidson and many others.


La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. For high resolution jpegs, interview requests and more information contact: Lee Joseph Publicity,, p (818) 848-2698,

Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts
818) 848-2698 (p) 818) 848-2699 (f)

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