Seeking the Soul of L.A. on Its Streets: Paintings and Stories by J. Michael Walker
"an original, deeply empathetic spiritual geography of Los Angeles"
-Laura E. Pérez, Author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities
"J. Michael Walker was flipping through the bible of Los Angeles motorists the Thomas Guide when his eye caught something that stirred inspiration. The City of Angels was filled with streets named for saints... Like most every L.A. driver, Walker had probably driven many of those streets countless times. But that day, a phrase suddenly popped into his head: "Todos los Santos de los Angeles" (All the Saints of the City of Angels). Then came a vision: Research the history of the street and the saint for which it was named and see whether the two connected in any meaningful way. Then express the findings artistically... Crossing the bounds of time and culture, Walker uses the lives of ancient saints to illuminate the here-and-now on their streets today." - Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 2003

All the Saints of the City of the Angels. This website, all images and text Copyright 2010 by J Michael Walker.
Photos above, Left to right, by: Hank Schwarz, J Michael Walker, Abel Gutierrez, and Sally Stein. Used by Permission. All rights reserved