Art On Melrose : The Best Of Galleries, Graffiti, And Murals

Art On Melrose : The Best Of Galleries, Graffiti, And Murals

In addition to being home to some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and theatres in Los Angeles, Melrose is also one of the city’s most vibrant arts districts. Artists from all over the world exhibit in our galleries, or use ample outdoor space to create amazing murals.

Here are five places to see the powerful art of the image on Melrose Avenue:

AA|LA GALLERY

AA|LA is a contemporary gallery which gives space to emerging artist and curators to showcase innovative art that doesn’t shy away from themes like digital media, trauma, and queer spaces. Running through April 13 at AA|LA is new work by returning artist Tyler Healy.

AA|LA GALLERY
7313 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.592.3795
aala-gallery.com

GALLERY 1988

Gallery 1988 keeps a stacked calendar of exhibits and pop-ups. Opening March 29 is Dave Pollot’s show, “Second Chances.” Pollot has quite an Instagram following of his work – pop culture iconography added to thrift store paintings. He’s always whimsical and surprising, and this show will be cool like that.

GALLERY 1988
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.937.7088
nineteeneightyeight.com

HVW8 ART + DESIGN

HVW8 Art + Design Galley spotlights underground fine art and graphic design. Its space on the Spaulding side street is unmissable – just look for the IG-ready art on the outside, promoting the latest exhibit. Until April 14, local artist Eric Elms shows View Sonic, a collection of pieces that rest between representation and abstraction.

HVW8 ART + DESIGN
661 No. Spaulding Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
323.655.4898
hvw8.com

NEW PROFANITY

Yep, New Profanity is a store. But the folks there support art of all kinds, so they offer up the shop walls for showings that are consistent with their no f*&ks given vibe. An incredible local painter, Sabrina Mari is featured this month, with new pieces as well as some equally incredible merch.

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.420.7779
newprofanity.com

OUTSIDE, EVERYWHERE

Melrose Avenue is one of the Southland’s coolest free outdoor galleries. Graffiti artists and muralist come from all over the country – all over the world, really – to leave their temporary mark on a wall, sidewalk, doorway, or garage. So when you visit, don’t forget to look all around to peek a piece.

MELROSE AVENUE, FROM HIGHLAND TO FAIRFAX

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.