Tracy Park has always aimed to open a gallery where she can represent emerging and local artists. From contemporary art to pop art and photography, the park’s inventory maintains a diverse collection of artists from around the world as well as local Malibu artists.
Tracy’s first gallery opened in Santa Monica in 2004. After hosting a string of successful one-night shows, aka “pop-ups,” across Los Angeles, Tracy is passionate about supporting emerging and mid-career artists.
“Most galleries don’t invest in emerging artists because it’s a gamble, it’s a risk, they don’t know if it’s going to do well,” Tracy explained. “All these years later I’ve done it and I’m so happy because we have so much talent in this community and I’m happy that I have a place where they can show their work.”
While the gallery has been sitting comfortably in the Malibu Lumber Yard for the past six months, Tracy recently moved into the Malibu Colony mall. The new location is surrounded by windows, white walls and a ceiling, creating a spacious and bright environment. Tracy hopes to stay at the new location in the Malibu Colony.
“I loved this place [at Malibu Lumber Yard]it was beautiful, i loved my view from up there, but i didn’t get the view because most of these shops are vacant, vacant or under construction and that [Malibu Colony] feels like home to me,” Park said. “What I love about it is that it’s really our local hub where everyone does their day to day things, over there it’s more touristy, but this is my home.”
Tracy recently received rare, never-before-seen pictures from Bob Bovis, the tour manager for The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. 32 of the film photographs were exhibited in the gallery.
One of the artists on display is former Malibu High School student Hunter Blaze Pearson. Born and raised in Southern California, Hunter graduated from MHS in 2018 and began working on his art full-time. Hunter’s primary focus is fine art, creating pop art paintings and large format multimedia works. He works in a variety of mediums including acrylic, graphite, colored pencil and resin. He is best known for his custom-made shoes, which have attracted the attention of high-profile clients such as singer-songwriter Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo.
In Spring 2018, Tracy and local photographers wanted to organize a show that would benefit local artists. Hunter was a Malibu Master’s Art Scholarship recipient his senior year.
“I said let’s start an art scholarship to Malibu High School because they didn’t have one,” Tracy shared. “I heard his name but didn’t see any of his work, and then fast forward when we were going to do the art scholarship, people were applying for it. Hunter was one of them and that was the first time I saw his work – I was blown away. I found that out too [Hunter] had worked for Adam Levine, so he was already a working artist.”
Tracy said she wants to raise a significant amount of money to really make a difference.
“In November when we had the Woolsey fire he lost his house in the fire so not only did he lose his house, he lost all his paintings, all his supplies, everything, so that made me really happy that he was our recipient.” because he deserved it,” Tracy said.
Hunter said he did his first show with Park in 2020 and has since expanded his collection.
“Proceeds went to an art student, and I got picked…that brought me with an amazing gift right out of school,” Hunter shared.
On Saturday, August 13, artists and art enthusiasts gathered at Tracy Park’s gallery to celebrate the new location in the Malibu Colony. Among those who attended and had several pieces on display was Pearson.
“I’m honored Tracy treats you like family, she’s a great gallery owner and she’s so supportive of everyone and local artists which is a big deal because it’s hard to find people who want to take a chance on someone” , Pearson said.
Park mentioned how much support she has received from family and friends, including her husband.
“It’s a labor of love,” Park said. “And I’m really lucky to have a great partner. My husband is so willing to help me with any project, he’s the only guy I know who doesn’t roll his eyes.”
When it comes to selecting and curating artwork, Park said she has to love it in order to sell it. What she selects must be of a quality level to be exhibited.
“That’s the hard part, the last thing I want to do is break someone’s heart, but if I don’t love it, I can’t hang it,” Park said. “And I feel like there’s a part of me where I feel compelled to showcase everyone’s work, but I can’t.”
Park said that most people who come in expect quality and if the quality isn’t there, she can’t sell it.
“It has to work with everything else, everything has to fit together,” Park said.
Visit TracyParkGallery.com for more information about the gallery.