Art on Melrose
Melrose Avenue is known world-wide for its incredible street art scene. Find out more about our galleries, art programs and history on this page.
They’ve only been open just over a month, but already New Profanity is a big hit on Melrose. Selling everything from art to clothes, cool buttons, stickers, and even teacups, the store sells only items that are made or designed by artists and small businesses. The shop’s slogan is “unique, fun and unapologetic,” and that they are. From profane cats to nail decals, very adult coloring books, and flower crowns, you’ll find something special, sometimes ribald, and often amusing here. Owner Natasha Polhamus started the store because she wanted to provide a venue where everything is made by artists. She loves to shop, and finds her vendors by attending craft markets, looking online, and hitting local galleries. Since the shop first opened its doors, she’s found a steady stream of artists who also come to her and ask if they can place their creations in her store. Polhamus almost always says yes. “My goal is to support local artists and to get artistic items to the general public, so that someone who has nothing to do with art can get something magical in my store. Maybe it will inspire them to make something magical themselves,” she explains. Polhamus feels it’s […]
As stores transition on Melrose, storefronts often sit empty as property owners wait for new tenants to move in. The BID thought it would be fun to activate these spaces with eye-catching displays that enliven the street. To that end, they reached out to BID Board Member Pierson Blaetz of the Greenway Arts Alliance (the group that manages the Greenway Theatre and Melrose Trading Post) and the Fairfax High Visual Arts program to develop a solution. Working hand-in-hand with Melrose merchants Cosmo & Nathalia Black (DeAnna Von Bonin), Monster-A-Go-Go (Michelle Ghoulmore) and Forgotten Saints (Cody Varona), students developed themed window displays to install in vacant storefronts. Over a six-week period, the student groups drew their designs, built props, chose wardrobe pieces and learned about the art of visual merchandising from their merchant mentors. By April, they were ready to install. But they were faced with a unique problem…a leasing boom had taken place and all of the locations that had been chosen for installation had been rented. So, property owner Isack Fadlon of Sportie LA provided his gallery space next to Sportie LA (7753 Melrose) for Cosmo & Nathalia’s music festival-inspired display. And Monster-A-Go-Go allowed students to create a “Dead […]
Melrose Elementary School recently got four exciting, colorful new murals, courtesy of the Melrose Business Improvement District. Award-winning artist Justin Bua curated the program, enlisting four renowned street artists to create lively, animal-themed murals for the kids. The artists included Annie Preece, who created an enormous sea creature/fantasy-inspired mural for the front-facing wall; Jules Muck, who brought dreams of a better life to a side entrance bungalow; Sebastien Walker who created a zoo of friendly animals on a handball court wall; and Ivan Preciado who brought science and technology into his piece .
We recently collaborated with local street artists to create an outdoor museum of painted images focused on animals. The “Melrose Menagerie” can be found on utility vaults throughout Melrose, from La Brea to Highland (see photo gallery below).
The video below gives a great overview of the history of Melrose Avenue’s one-of-a-kind art scene.
In addition to paintings and prints, we offer apparel, dab mats, rolling trays, glass pipes and rigs, torches, lighters, stickers and skate decks – all with Dunkees art on it (except the glass).
7325 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Gallery 1988 (WEST), 7308 Melrose Ave. Gallery 1988 has quickly become one of the most talked about art galleries. Opened in 2004 by California natives Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp, the gallery has become the number one destination for pop-culture themed artwork and the premiere venue to witness the rise of emerging artists before they break.
7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046