La Luz De Jesus Gallery Presents Annie Murphy-Robinson & Jessica Dalva

Casey Theodora

by Frank Forte

Annie Murphy-Robinson: Roles and Poses

Jessica Dalva: Hapax Legomena

May 1 – 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

View more show images on the gallery website here

Annie Murphy-Robinson: Roles and Poses
At first glance, Annie Murphy-Robinson’s drawings look like photographs of impossibly beautiful girls in a range of settings–from the miraculous to the mundane. No works of emulsion on photo paper, these are charcoal drawings of the artist’s own daughters. Prolonged viewing reveals the impeccable technique of the medium’s greatest living artist capturing an essence that would be unavailable to anyone not immediately related to them. Annie’s work exposes a familiarity that isn’t just a perfect rendering, but reveals the complex emotions of her subjects in a way that transcends the sterility of forced poses. Her chosen medium may be charcoal, but her product is real human empathy.

Dragonfly Eyes

Emily and Hailey Empty Lot

Emily Tumbleweed

Gabrielle's Lamp

Wedding Dress Resignation

Jessica Dalva: Hapax Legomena
The term “Hapax Legomena” is used to describe words that only appear once in a text or language, often rendering them untranslatable. Each piece in this series revolves around an individual word, a facet, a unique expression of a part of the complex variety of personal battles we fight. These experiences can be difficult to convey due to the lack of a context to anchor them as well as the inherent gap between understanding and expression. The pieces are singular expressions of an idea, hapax legomena, in that they are representing distinctive concepts, as well as attempting to communicate the untranslatable through the imperfect language of art. The show focuses on one’s relationship with oneself, internal wars, and the entanglements of love. The sculptures are a navigation through fears, moments of clarity and joy, and nightmares.

Jessica Dalva’s third feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery is a new approach to her established formula. The work is multidimensional and multi-faceted, but the methods and accomplishment is an all-encompassing progression. So, accept what you know, and expect something extraordinary.



Augury detail






Involution detail


Onslaught detail




Viscera detail




Frank Forte Bio

Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.

In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).

Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.


Read More

MACABRE GALLERY Gives Ireland the Willies

April 28, 2015 • Articles, Artwork, Top News

LAST DAY TO SEE THE NEW “MACABRE GALLERY” EXHIBITION AT GALLERYX PROMISES TO GIVE A JOLT TO THE DUBLIN VISUAL ARTS SCENE by Frank Forte GalleryX was founded just last year with the promise to fill a void in the Irish gallery scene by showcasing art that challenges our ideas of beauty, of right

Other Space

Oh Fudge! Yahoo Launched Geek Trek!

April 27, 2015 • Articles, News, Top News, TV

Paul Feig, creator of the cult fave Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, has launched his new science fiction comedy series Other Space on Yahoo Screen. All eight episodes of the first (hopefully not last) season are up now – so binge viewers can take in the entire kit

Guitarget Practice


April 23, 2015 • Articles, Top News

For Those Who Want to Shred In this month’s Guitarget Practice, we are going to look at how we can start to build up technique and speed. You’re going to get an exercise to practice each week over the course of the next month. We’ll start off with something nice and simple, and build it


PHONE BOOTH GALLERY: Seventh Anniversary Group Show “Seven”

April 23, 2015 • Articles, Artwork, News, Top News

by Frank Forte Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present, “Seven,” a grandiose group exhibition celebrating their seventh anniversary. The exhibition includes artists from their seven year history as well as new emerging talent. Phone Booth Gallery was founded in 2008 in Long Beach, CA.


Fufu Frauenwahl: Surreal Comics Artist Envisions Noir Horrors

April 22, 2015 • Articles, Artwork, Comics, Top News

Interview by Frank Forte Fufu grew up in tiny hamlet in Bavaria, in an old farm house filled to the roof with VHS cassettes and DVDs collected by his cinephile American mother, and his German father’s art books. He was always interested in comics, and studied graphic design in Germany,


SCOTT HOVE at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

April 22, 2015 • Articles, Artwork, Top News

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you have a few more days to see Scott Hove’s “Pussy Jihad” exhibit at La Luz De Jesus Gallery and the closing lecture with the artist himself. Scott Hove made a name for himself with his outlandish and unique take on contemporary sculpture. His

Least Scary Robots

10 Least Scary Evil Robots From Old Pulp Sci-Fi Covers

April 22, 2015 • Articles

It’s a big year for nearly-indestructible robots. With Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening nationwide May 1, audiences will meet the most dangerous robot comic books have ever seen, and then come July our old friend The Terminator will be back on the big screen in Terminator Genisys. Those are


Horror: “Cattle Call” by Elizabeth. J. Musgrave

April 17, 2015 • Articles, Short Stories, Top News

One by one the girls filed into the room. Blonde. Blue-eyed. Built. C-cups. Beauty queens from small, midwestern towns who came to Hollywood in search of glamour and glitz. Hoping to be the next Lana Turner discovered in Schwab’s Drug Store. How their dear hearts would break when they found



April 16, 2015 • Articles, Artwork, Top News

by Frank Forte CLOSES APRIL 18, 2015 DREAMLANDS GROUP SHOW Curated by Caro CHG/CIRCA GALLERY 8530-A Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 Tuesday – Saturday • Noon to 6:00 pm 310-287-2340 The Corey Helford/CIRCA Gallery presents “Dreamlands” a group