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Chevalier's Books is the oldest independent bookstore in Los Angeles, established in 1940. It is an iconic cornerstone of Larchmont Village in Hancock Park. 


Now on view: Jim McHugh's historic Los Angeles landmark photographs including his collaborative, mixed media urban landscapes featuring artists Prime and Big Sleeps; both creators of their own celebrated, distinctly indigenous LA lettering hand-styles.


In 1990 Big Sleeps and Prime, with other LA street artists, painted the 210 foot mural in one of LA’s most dangerous neighborhoods at the time, Pico Union. It was painted on Earth Day as a hope for peace between gangs. In 2018, Jim McHugh photographed the still existing wall as a multi- perspective point collage to which Sleeps and Prime added their art, titling the 40" x 122" triptych "Rollcall: Pico Union Wall."  This is one of a number of pieces the three artists have created together, celebrating diverse LA neighborhoods. Five of these are currently shown at Chevalier’s.

Interior & exterior of Chevalier's Books, Larchmont Village, Interior Design by Johnna McHugh

Top left: photographer Jim McHugh   .    Top right: artist Prime   .   Bottom Left: artist Big Sleeps   .   Bottom Right: Big Sleeps, Jim McHugh, Prime