East Los Angeles — Don’t go looking for prominent landmarks in the work of artist Manuel Lopez. Instead, Lopez’ black-and-white drawings and sketches are inspired by the jumble of humble homes, storefronts, utility poles, palm trees and other common elements of the landscape in East L.A., City Terrace, El Sereno and other Eastside neighborhoods. Now, the 34-year-old artist and teacher, who is featured in an L.A. Times story, is preparing for an upcoming gallery exhibit in Chinatown.
Lopez went to the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But it wasn’t until he returned home and took a break from art that he found his muse in his native East Los Angeles.
“They’re not perfect,” Lopez said of the Eastside homes he draws, “but they’re standing.”
Here’s a sample of his drawings from Lopez’ Instagram:
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