The city of La Jolla is indeed a “gem” as its name describes. Nestled within the La Jolla Village, you’ll find fantastic art galleries and a passionate artist community. From the murals scattered around La Jolla to the bigger-than-life sculptures along the coastline, the city has become a destination for art lovers.
Stunning examples of fine and contemporary art from talented international and local La Jolla artists can be found around Prospect St, Fay Avenue, and Girard Avenue in the Village.
If you’re interested in experiencing art galleries and want to dig deeper, start in the center of arts and culture with La Jolla art galleries on Prospect Street.
Here are our picks for the best art galleries in La Jolla!
Contemporary Fine Arts
Contemporary Fine Arts has been in La Jolla for 25 years and is a fabulous contemporary art gallery in La Jolla, plus its family owned. They display a very diverse collection of contemporary, original art and sculpture, of many mediums and from new and established artists, and attract world-class collectors. Some of the well-known artists they’ve featured in the past include Paul Ecke, Sally Huss, Jane Burton, and many others. The gallery has also been voted the “Best Gallery in La Jolla” in the past!
The Ian Gallery on Prospect shows off Limited Edition fine art landscape photography from Ian Ely, a highly acclaimed landscape photographer from California. His gallery is in such a great space to feature the beautiful details of his work, and attract art lovers in the Village!
The Martin Lawrence Gallery is situated right above the La Jolla Cove and offers a breathtaking ocean view, along with fine art, including original pieces, sculpture and limited editions by some of the most recognized artists in the world. It is one of the best fine art galleries in La Jolla. You’ll find displays of art from big-name modern and contemporary masters like Dalí, Warhol, Erté, Rembrandt, Picasso, Murakami, Miró, and more.
Sitting in the heart of the La Jolla arts and shopping district, the National Geographic Fine Art galleries of La Jolla features original works from award-winning National Geographic photographers. If you like epic nature, wildlife and landscape photography, this is a must-see when you’re in the Village.
The Tasende Gallery is a longstanding art gallery, celebrating their 39th year in La Jolla, and has been newly renovated! The gallery supports the art community and strives to educate the public through art exhibitions, symposia, and published catalogs. The gallery is also known for their large-scale sculptures that have been placed around institutions in San Diego County, like Balboa Park, and throughout Southern California. Here you’ll find modern and contemporary sculpture, paintings and drawings by internationally established artists.
The LIK gallery shows off the work of Peter Lik, an Australian photographer known for his self-taught skills. The photos are absolutely vibrant and beautiful, and his work will blow you away! It is located next door to the National Geographic Fine Art gallery so you can check out both in one trip. The consultants here are very helpful, will answer any questions you may have.
Looking for a little more arts and culture outside of a gallery? Be sure to check your calendar and join in on the fun events that take place every second Saturday of the month as part of the La Jolla Art Walk!
If you’re in town or visiting La Jolla in the fall, head to the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival for more amazing art, plus award-winning wineries and breweries.