May 28, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

JZL Founder To Debut Provocative Art Pieces At Bergamot Station Thursday:

Photographer/artist James Thompson, CEO of his own art brand JZL, will debut his most recent works at Bergamot Station this Thursday evening.

Thompson’s art is known to exude confidence, power, and a culture of oneness, while treading carefully the border between sexy and vulgar.

His work will come to life as models from his most iconic pieces strut the showroom and greet guests against the backdrop of pulsing music from DJ Sunset Groove.

Thompson was able to bring all the components of his art together under his brand, JZL. Founded in 2011, JZL is committed to inspiring young people to live unbound through apparel, photography, and art.

“I wanted to create a brand that represents DJs, traveling, and a good life,” Thompson said. “I created JZL because I didn’t think there was any brand that represented a large group of people in the way that JZL does.”

Thompson considers himself an artist and a graphic designer, but primarily a photographer.

He began developing JZL shortly after graduating from Loyola Marymount University, where he received a B.A. in graphic design.

His photo artwork, which will be heavily displayed at the Aug. 22 event, consists of him photographing women in fun situations.

“I started working on JZL after I graduated,” he said. “I decided I needed to way to bring all my artwork together into a brand, which is now JZL.”

Thompson explained that much of his work is influenced by his time spent in Hawaii and Europe. He wanted to create a brand that reflects his travels and inspires people all over the world to live a Southern California lifestyle.

“JZL is about living life, traveling, girls, and having fun,” Thompson said.  

He also said that JZL was a result of his obsession with photography and his true love of art.

After being attracted to electronic music during high school and college, he decided to have his artwork reflect the vibrant beats of his favorite DJs.

Thompson’s art as well his brand, are geared to a young demographic.

“My art is very edgy and I’m hoping it will be the next big thing,” Thompson said. “My art is done in the right way, without being trashy.”

Thompson’s upcoming art show and launch party will be hosted by Nicole Muyingo and will feature music by Sunset Groove.

“The event will not be a typical art show, there will be different exciting things, which will make it a different experience for people who are used to going to art shows,” Thompson said.

The event is expected to attract 150 to 200 people.

Although the show is set to feature a variety of pieces in different media, the entire show, Thompson said, is focused around his photography.

“The art show will display a combination of things,” he said. “The show will feature apparel from the JZL line, there will be frame prints, and then there will be some paintings of pictures as well as multimedia pieces.”

The art show and launch party will be held from 7-11 pm at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.

Much of Thompson’s art can be viewed by following his Instagram account, jzl_style. For more information, visit jzlstyle.com.

in News
Related Posts

Seller of Bel Air Mansion Furious After Property Flops at Auction

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Mansion on Sarbonne Road in Bel Air fails to meet $50 million reserve price By Sam Catanzaro The seller of...

Environmental Review Begins for West Los Angeles Civic Center Redevelopment

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

The West LA Commons set to bring 926 units of housing and 36,569 square feet of retail to Santa Monica...

Is Santa Monica’s Most Expensive Property Still a Bargain?

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

22,640 square-foot property on market for $69 million By Dolores Quintana The most expensive property in Santa Monica has been...

Must-Watch ‘Disruptive’ Appliance Experience Store Opens in West Los Angeles, Hosts Grand Opening in June

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Howard’s West Los Angeles Experience Center opening at 900 La Brea Boulevard  By Susan Payne West Los Angeles is home...

Marina Del Rey Family Searches for Missing 29-Year-Old Son With Autism

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

J​​eremy Hansbrough missigns cine May 16 By Sam Catanzaro A Marina del Rey family is searching for their 29-year-old son...

Santa Monica Pier to Feature High-Flying Waving American Flag on  Ferris Wheel During Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel will feature a high-flying 130-feet tall, animated waving American flag throughout...

Message From Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Community Members, Sadly, we have learned of another horrific school shooting, this time in the...

Three Juveniles in Hosptial Following Overdose in Santa Monica

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Two females in critical but stable condition, third victim “alert and recovering” By Sam Catanzaro Three juveniles suffered an overdose...

John Adams Middle School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

JAMS Student Grayson Fitzgerald named junior finalist for the 2022 middle school honors performance series at Carnegie Hall By Staff...

SMC Student Film “The War Within” Accepted into 2022 American Pavilion at Cannes

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Three Santa Monica College Films Will Screen at In-Person Festival, including 2021 Best Student Film Winner “Broken Layers” and 2020’s...

Santa Monica City Council Looks to Shorten Meetings

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Council to consider changes at Tuesday meeting By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica lawmakers are considering taking steps to shorten City...

Landmark Theater Official Closes on Pico

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Pico Boulevard location closes Sunday By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Theater on Pico Boulevard in Westwood has officially closed.  The...

Road Closures Expected During Demolition Of Parking Structure Three: Santa Monica Beat – May 23rd, 2022

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Free Donuts At Randy’s Donuts For National Doughnut Day* Road Closures Expected...

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...