Justin Van Hoy was an artist. He was also a founder of THIS gallery in Los Angeles, as well as the editor of a beautiful book featuring contemporary California art called Milk and Honey. For this season of House of Style, we’d always known that we wanted to include an episode about art and when our frequent collaborator Todd Oldham mentioned Justin’s then as yet released book, we knew a segment on the L.A. art scene would be perfect.
Justin was kind enough to invite us into his studio where he walked us through the works of art that were important to him and told us stories about why. He showed us a framed poster that had hung in his father’s bedroom in high school, a portrait of his grandparents, and the scads of books that comprised his sprawling library. It’s funny because you’ll see that it’s near impossible to capture the backdrop and his face in a single frame since Justin’s a good foot taller than Todd and our crew. Fittingly, his nickname was 'The Dutch Giant.'