Joe Forrester Crafted Central Coast Nostalgia

Since our friend and artist Joe Forrester's passing, it's been three years since we've had an original Joe Forrester painting showcased in our gallery, but this past week we were able to bring two of his beautiful original paintings back to Just Looking Gallery.  Both of these original oil paintings on linen are in pristine condition and framed in Joe's signature, hand crafted studio oak frames.

Born in 1925, Joe Forrester grew up in Southern California and joined the United States Navy while still in high school.  After serving in the Pacific during WWII on the US Navy destroyer USS Robinson, Joe Forrester enrolled in the Jepson Art Institute.  Majoring in Illustration and Studio Painting, Joe studied and worked under a celebrated staff of nationally recognized instructors.  Graduating in 1949, he began his career as an advertising art director.  After working for several Los Angeles based advertising agencies, he retired as Vice President, executive art director of Foote, Cone and Belding of Los Angeles.  Retiring to the Central Coast of California, Joe began to paint the natural landscape that surrounded him.  Joe always found timeless beauty in the quiet forgotten barns of the Central Coast and these two pieces capture something nostalgic for us.  These originals showcase his unique painting style with his extraordinary atmospheric perspective and his meticulous attention to detail.  Cheers to an exceptionally talented painter and gifted story-teller that will always hold a special place in our hearts and our gallery's history.

Cal Poly Proud, Introduce your new home to your Forever Home!

Congratulations to all of our fellow Mustangs this Commencement weekend!
If you're looking for the perfect gift for a Poly Grad, we have it!  This beautiful limited edition Cal Poly print by world-renowned artist Steve Thomas is available in Downtown San Luis Obispo at Just Looking Gallery!

Buy Cal Poly Art Print

Students may not always have that 30,000-foot-view to realize how momentous this point is in their life, but graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a significant moment in their lives, and one that they'll look back on and be proud of for the rest of their lives.  Fortunately, parents do understand how significant this moment is in their children's lives and this limited edition print of Cal Poly by Steve Thomas makes for an incredibly meaningful graduation gift as it captures everything we love and hold dear about our time at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  #CalPolyProud

Dennis Bredow Delivers Again

Over the weekend the one-and-only Dennis Bredow stopped by to deliver his latest original paintings, including the final piece of his killer Gun Control Series and a bold vintage single right in time for summer.  His work is a unique combination of retro and contemporary, sexy and fascinating, complex and simply satisfying, and continues to amaze anyone who walks into the gallery.  

Shoot From the Hip Original Mixed Media on Board 30" x 36" $2,500

Shoot From the Hip

Original Mixed Media on Board

30" x 36"


Waters Fine Original Mixed Media on Board 30" x 36" $2,500

Waters Fine

Original Mixed Media on Board

30" x 36"


When it comes to Dennis, he simply loves doing what he does best.  From beginning with a basic concept, to the precise layering and texturizing, and finishing with his iconic resin coating, Dennis spends hours on top of hours to make sure everything is done absolutely perfect.  Support for his work has grown immensely over the years with his paintings often coming into the gallery one moment, and the next their being placed in someone's home.

Releasing Our New Website

For over 33 years Just Looking Gallery has gained the reputation as a premier Fine Art Gallery along the Central Coast.  Throughout that time we couldn't be more thankful for all of the people, local to international, who've walked through our doors and become part of the Just Looking family.

We are excited to announce the release of our new website!  With a new, clean design that's easy to navigate, our website provides more comprehensive information about the artists and artwork that we're showing, on a format that's mobile compatible, while enabling our collectors to communicate and interact with us, and purchase prints and originals directly through the site.

More Comprehensive Information.  Soon You'll have a PhD in Your Favorite Artist.  Each featured artwork will have multiple images posted with detailed descriptions of the art piece and we'll be regularly updating the blog with information about our artists, what they're working on and any special events we have planned.

Mobile Compatibility.  Our website looks just as good on your smart-phone as it does on a desktop.  Scroll, tap and zoom, our website is ready for you and your fingers to cruise our new site.

Communicate With Us.  Call us your art guys, your art consultants or even your art enablers; you'll be able to get to know us even better through our blog posts and you'll always be able to use our "Contact Us" page to email or call us.

Purchase Prints and Originals.  Each of the art pieces that we'll be showing in the gallery will be featured on our website, and with the brilliance, ease and security of Credit-Cards and Paypal we'll be able to make arrangements for you to buy your favorite pieces without having to put any money in a Downtown Parking-Meter!  We're a very social gallery and we love it when you come by the gallery to visit with us to add a new piece to your home and collection, but we want to make sure that our website is an easy point of reference for you, so you can now easily buy your favorite art piece with incredible convenience.