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gallery could become a more permanent institution for the areas art fans. Leaving a Mark in the Art Scene Work on their project began immediately, with the gallery and its name coming along as a rather natural progression. According to Paul, he really liked the idea of having a fingerprint or thumbprint as their logo, thus naming the gallery after it. “I eventually gave it some meaning with the unofficial slogan ‘sticking out and leaving your mark,” he explains. 6 months after the gallery opened, the pair moved into a space of their own, described as a dwelling that looks more like a house than a commercial building. It certainly worked in the duo's favor that the family that happened to live behind the gallery insisted they were “fine with having only one loud reception per month.” In 2011, a decision was made to move to La Jolla in an effort to be closer majority of their clientele. With their success in La Jolla, Paul and Johnny were able to lease an even larger space inside Bamboo Lounge last November. They've called it TPG2 as an homage to fellow store and gallery Giant Robot and their space GR2 in Los Angeles. Changing the World by Changing Within The pair descibe what they do as "investing in artists," and it seems like a fairly accurate statement. As they curate art at their locations (as well as several other venues), they create the opportunity to partner with artists on a local, national and international level.They have always enjoyed the chance to highlight the art and artists they support, regardless of how much money is to be made. “I sometimes think having a gallery in La Jolla gives people the misconception that we're rollin' around on piles of money but that clearly isn't the case if you really know me and Johnny,” Paul shares. “In many ways, it keeps us hungry and wanting to go the extra mile in supporting the local art scene as our way of contributing and giving back to something we really care about.” Keep Moving Forward According to the owners, the galleries offer an “unpretentious engaging atmosphere to view art”, showcasing and supporting artists of origins local and abroad. The best thing of all? Every one of their shows are free and open to the public. Thumbprint Gallery and TPG2 continue to display monthly exhibitions focused mainly on “urban and low/new brow art.” They also still curate one-night themed shows at Bar Basic. Eventually, Paul and Johnny plan on opening a third space somewhere in L.A. Suggests Paul, “TPG3, anyone?” Thumbprint Gallery is located at 920 Kline Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 PM to 4 PM. TPG2 is at 1475 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 4 PM to 9 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. TAE MAGAZINE 63

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