5 Best Art Galleries in La Jolla

  • Candace Stadelmann
  • 08/13/19
La Jolla is an artistic city: the cliffs are breathtaking, the sunsets are radiant, and even the buildings are decorated with murals. Here, people know that art transcends boundaries to connect people around the world. Why not soak in all the local and international art La Jolla has to offer at these five incredible art galleries?

The La Jolla Gallery

Downtown La Jolla is a lively hub ripe with music, museums, and art. The La Jolla Gallery collects contemporary art from mid-career artists, which is curated by co-owner Elisabeth King. By focusing on mid-career artists who have dedicated themselves to the practice of learning their craft, the gallery grows deeply in its ability to educate art students. This multi-room gallery is a luxurious gathering place for passionate people who make sure art remains the most important guest.

LIK Fine Art

Peter Lik’s photography lines the walls of this ambient gallery. With 35 years of experience, this self-taught Australian photographer has explored the earth's natural beauty from behind the lens. Lik's focus on landscapes is matched by the gallery's prime location two streets from La Jolla Cave, where Pacific waves meet the West Coast. While featuring photography from global locations, this space also houses a photograph that hit close to home: Coastal Dreams captures a radiant sunset over La Jolla’s own Scripps Pier.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts

Representing over 150 global artists, Cosmopolitan Fine Arts specializes in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters but also celebrates art from American and European artists. If you’re hoping to dress up your home with an original painting by Marcel Dyf or Andrej Chernysh, then this is the gallery for you. Peruse their downtown gallery or inquire about artworks online to find your next mantelpiece. 

Upwelling Fine Art Gallery

There’s no better place for the underwater photography collection found at Upwelling Fine Art Gallery than on Avenida De La Playa, a short walk from La Jolla Shores Beach. The first of its kind, this gallery aims to preserve through art the beauty of our oceans and their inhabitants. With striking clarity, photographer Kyle McBurnie captures incredible close-ups of aquatic creatures, like fur seals and Garibaldi fish. Additionally, the gallery features one local artist at a time to promote art in La Jolla. 

Thumbprint Gallery

Thumbprint Gallery is a constantly evolving art exhibition space that has been serving southern California for a decade. With an emphasis on pop culture and surrealism, they create pop-up exhibitions by a wide range of artists. By including emerging and established, as well as local and international artists, Thumbprint Gallery curates a distinctly unique experience every time they hold an event. Whether it’s the beer-inspired “Craft and Canvas” event, comic strip art, or a group show dedicated to deconstructed art, Thumbprint Gallery is a night out unlike any other. 

From French Impressionists to cold-water photography, La Jolla’s booming art scene has something for everyone’s aesthetic taste that will leave guests feeling inspired and creatively recharged. Contact us today for a tour of inspirational homes in North County San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe.

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