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A street artist in the middle of Beverly Hills

April 22, 2010 |  7:00 pm

Choeback After six years away from Los Angeles, street artist and painter David Choe is back in town. He kicked off an exhibition with a private opening Thursday at a pop-up gallery in Beverly Hills, where his work will be on display until May 23.

The 8,000-square-foot gallery at 320 North Beverly Drive is being put on by the Lazarides Gallery of London, which will be showing work throughout the summer. Choe's show, "Nothing to Declare," will be followed by a group exhibition with JR (Paris), Vhils (Lisbon), Conor Harrington (Cork, Ireland) and Antony Micallef (London) from June 9 to 27.

A native of L.A., Choe got his start in an ice cream shop on Melrose Avenue. He has since had shows all over the world, recently in San Francisco, London and Beijing. You can read more about Choe's journey from spray-painting to galleries here.

--Samantha Page

Above: Artist David Choe, in his studio in downtown L.A., stands before his painting "Toxic LA Sunsets and the Dirty Moon Hangs Like a Filthy Fingernail." Credit: "Igloo" Iksup Hong