Matt Kennedy is the director of La Luz de Jesus Gallery which was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire and is largely considered responsible for fostering a new school of California art.
Matt first came to work for Billy Shire in 1991, and managed the gallery until 1995. It was during his tenure at the original Melrose location of La Luz de Jesus that the Kustom Kulture movement exploded. These years are now recognized as the Golden Age of Lowbrow. Kennedy returned as Gallery Director of La Luz de Jesus in March 2009.