Urban gallery shakes up art scene
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 09/28/11 - 04:54 PM | 3660 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Artist Baby Boy poses with one of his “Three Sisters” sculptures as the grand re-opening of Thumbprint Gallery Sept. 10. Photo by Paul Hansen. Illustration by Kendra Hartmann
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Thumbprint Gallery held a grand re-opening and artist reception at its new location on Kline Street in La Jolla on Sept. 10.

Two years ago, artist Paul Ecdao and DJ Johnny Tran opened Thumbprint Gallery in North Park after holding several artist showcases at modified venues, clubs and bars around San Diego.

“I started in the events promotion industry doing club promotion and we started to integrate the art element in the club environment,” Tran said. “I did that for three years and made a lot of contacts. We found a good opportunity to open the business for a relatively low start-up cost.”

The gallery is unlike others in the La Jolla community. The duo focuses on showcasing local artists’ contemporary urban art sprinkled with occasional pop and surrealist works.

“We were talking to some people that we know about the La Jolla art scene, and they said there aren’t many galleries that only showcase local artists, so there was a demand in that niche,” he said of the duo’s relocation.

Ecdao and Tran showcase cutting-edge works by up-and-coming artists that they find lurking in the depths of the local art scene.

The gallery re-opening coincided with the opening reception for “Hood Etiquette” — a group showcase featuring contemporary urban works by artists Neko, Bekm, Walker and Baby Boy. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 2.

The Kline Street location also contains a two-shelf store with prints and T-shirts for sale from previous exhibits inside the gallery.

For more information about Thumbprint Gallery, visit www.thumbprintgallerysd.com or call (858) 354-6294. Thumbprint Gallery is located at 920 Kline St., Suite 104. Gallery hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
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