Subtext is a contemporary art gallery located on the outskirts of downtown San Diego that showcases artists from around the globe. With styles ranging from contemporary, illustrative, graphic design, pop surrealist, street art and lowbrow, Subtext strives to inspire and inform San Diego’s creative community with our featured exhibitions.

Born in September 2006, Subtext took aim on San Diego’s under-served design market. After repeated trips to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, partners Don Hollis and Dylan Jones wanted to bring some more eclectic sources of creative inspiration a little closer to home. The result was Subext, a design bookstore that featured select design-based goods with a focus on illustration, art, graphic design, architecture, and photography. From hard-to-find books, to limited edition toys and art, Subtext had it all. With an inventory truly connected to all things design, Subtext aptly filled the void.

What started out as a bookstore has now evolved into an art gallery. As our audience grew, we found that we had a tremendous response from our monthly exhibitions. Art became our primary focus, and over the last 6 years we have been fortunate enough to host over 60 exhibitions, and feature the work of nearly 400 artists. It’s been a wild ride, and now going into our seventh year, we are continually inspired by providing an environment dedicated to nourish creative spirits for years to come. We know we couldn’t do this without our loyal supporters, so thank you so much for helping us make this happen.

Subtext loves you.

 

Featured Artists

  • Aaron Jasinski
  • Aaron Meshon
  • Aaron Thomas
  • Abe Lincoln Jr.
  • Adam Drucker
  • Adam Hathorne
  • Alberto Cerriteño
  • Alex Chiu
  • Alex Louisa
  • Alex Noriega
  • Alex Wald
  • Alex Willan
  • Aline Yamada
  • Alisa Ross
  • Alison Guidry
  • Alison O’Donoghue
  • Allison Sommers
  • Amanda Visell
  • Amy Davis
  • Ana Bagayan
  • Ana Juan
  • Äna Reinert
  • Andew Holder
  • Andrew Brandou
  • Angelina Wrona
  • Angry Woebots
  • Anke Weckmann
  • Annie Wilkinson
  • Ansis Purins
  • Ara Devejian
  • Arbito
  • Ashley Kerns
  • Asia Eng
  • Ata Bozaci
  • Audrey Kawasaki
  • Audrey Pongracz
  • Austin McCormick
  • Axel Honey
  • Bailey Saliwanchik
  • Bec Winnel
  • Becky Sheer
  • Beth Folkerth
  • Bil Betsovic
  • Bil Zelman
  • Blaine Fontana
  • Blair Thornley
  • Bonsai Foi
  • Bradford Lynn
  • Brandi Milne
  • Brent Nolasco
  • Brian Flynn
  • Brody Albert
  • Bucky Lastard
  • Bwana Spoons
  • Caia Koopman
  • Caitlin Hackett
  • Calef Brown
  • Cameron Tiede
  • Camilla d’Errico
  • Camilla Engman
  • Casey Weldon
  • Catalina Estrada
  • Catherine Campbell
  • Celëne Petrulak
  • Chad Carothers
  • Charles Glaubitz
  • Chelsea Greene Lewyta
  • Ching Ching Cheng
  • Chris Martino
  • Chris Park
  • Chris Reed
  • Chris Ryniak
  • Chris Wimpey
  • Christina Conway
  • CJ Metzger
  • CKaweekS
  • Colby Nichols
  • Cole Gerst (Option-G)
  • Colorblok
  • Corey Smith
  • Craig Hewitt
  • Dadu Shin
  • Dana Neibert
  • Dane Danner
  • Dane Flighty
  • Daniel Fleres
  • Daniel M. Davis
  • Daniel Monohan
  • Danni Shinya
  • Daria Hlazatova
  • Daryll Peirce
  • Dave Chung
  • Dave Harrison
  • David Finch
  • David Foldvari
  • Demetrius May
  • Dennis Hayes IV
  • DIRE
  • DIRE
  • Doktor A
  • DOLCEQ
  • Dominique Fung
  • Edith Lebeau
  • Edwin Ushiro
  • Ekundayo
  • Emil Kozak
  • Emily Wright
  • Eric Davison
  • Eric Richardson
  • Estria
  • Evan B. Harris
  • Eveline Tarunadjaja
  • EXIST1981
  • Fawn Fruits
  • Fiona Hewitt
  • Florence Pacho
  • Foi Jimenez
  • Francis Vallejo
  • Frank Kozik
  • Frank Rogozienski
  • Gary McIntire
  • Gerald de Jesus
  • Ghostshrimp
  • Gideon Boomer
  • Gina Triplett
  • Graham Smith
  • Hansu
  • Harmony Gong
  • Harry the Hat
  • Hawk Ostby
  • Henry Lichtmann
  • Hicalorie
  • Hsiao-Ron Cheng
  • Israel Sanchez
  • J. Grant Brittain
  • J. Neth
  • James Jirat Patradoon
  • Jan Feindt
  • Jared Schorr
  • Jarrod Eastman
  • Jasmine Worth
  • Jason Limón
  • Jason Vivona
  • Jasper Wong
  • JAW Cooper
  • Jay Reilly
  • Jeff Lancaster
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Jen Corace
  • Jen Mann
  • Jeni Yang
  • Jenna Colby
  • Jennifer Davis
  • Jeremiah Ketner
  • Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Jeremy Lynch
  • JESTER
  • Jill Bliss
  • Jim Koch
  • Jim Marshall
  • Joel Nakamura
  • Joey Leung Ka-Yin
  • John Antoski
  • John Durant
  • John Mireles
  • John Schulz
  • Johnny Yanok
  • Jolby
  • Jon Burgerman
  • Jonathan Wayshak
  • Jorge R. Gutierrez
  • Josh Cochran
  • Josh Herbolsheimer
  • Josh Higgins
  • Josh Kenyon
  • Josh Taylor
  • Joshua Clay
  • Joshua Ellingson
  • Joshua Krause
  • Joshua Longo
  • Joy Ang
  • Julie Morstad
  • Julie West
  • Jullian Callos
  • June Kim
  • Justin Scrappers Morrison
  • Justin White
  • JUURI
  • Kaeleen Wescoat-O’Neill
  • Kaizen Collective
  • Kari Pfeffer
  • Kaspian Shore
  • Kate Wilson
  • Katherine Brannock
  • Katherine Guillen
  • Kathie Olivas
  • Katsuhito Ishii
  • Kelly McKernan
  • Kelly Vivanco
  • Ken Garduno
  • Ken Keirns
  • Ken Miracle
  • Kevin Peterson
  • Kevin Roche
  • Kevin Titzer
  • Kit Lane
  • Kiyoshi Nakazawa
  • KMNDZ
  • Koralie
  • Kozyndan
  • Kristina Micotti
  • Kyung Soon Park
  • Lady Orlando
  • Lark Pien
  • Lars Henkel
  • Leecifer
  • Leendert Masselink
  • Leontine Greenberg
  • Lilly Piri
  • Linda Kim
  • Lindsey Carr
  • Lisa Alisa
  • Lisa De John
  • Liz Cockrum
  • Long Lé
  • Lorelay Bove
  • Lorena Alvarez
  • Lori Joy Smith
  • Lou Mora
  • Luke Berliner
  • Luke Feldman
  • M!ng
  • Malakias
  • Mar Hernández
  • Marc Tule
  • Marco Zamora
  • Marcos Chin
  • Marie Barr
  • Marjorie Ann Velez
  • Mark Murphy
  • Mark Nagata
  • Mark Yaggie
  • Martha Chan
  • Martin Hsu
  • Martin Ontiveros
  • Mary Fleener
  • Mary Jane Ansell
  • Mary O’Malley
  • Matias Vigliano
  • Matt Burlingame
  • Matt Curtius
  • Matt Rainwaters
  • Matt Stallings
  • Matte Stephens
  • Max Dolberg
  • Meg Hunt
  • Michael Shapcott
  • Michael Tussey
  • Michelle Valigura
  • Michelle White
  • Mike Maxwell
  • Miki Vuckovich
  • Miles Donovan
  • Miss Led
  • Miss Mindy
  • Munk One
  • MyCryptonauts
  • Mylan Nguyen
  • Myles McGuinness
  • N.C. Winters
  • Naoshi
  • Nate Frizzell
  • Nate Van Dyke
  • Nathan Fox
  • Neko Burke
  • Newkon
  • Nick Deakin
  • Nicole Gustafsson
  • Nils Jawa
  • Nimit Malavia
  • Nom Kinnear King
  • Oliver Hibert
  • P-Jay Fidler
  • Pamela Jaeger
  • Patrick Ballesteros
  • Patrick Ma
  • Paul Chatem
  • Paul Drohan
  • Paul Wee
  • Phil Gibbs
  • Philipp Rittermann
  • Phoneticontrol
  • Phu!
  • Rae Huo
  • rc44
  • Reactor-88
  • Red Nose Studio
  • Reinier Gamboa
  • Rhode Montijo
  • Ricardo Rodriguez
  • Richard Wilkinson
  • Riot68
  • Rod Luff
  • Ronald Kurniawan
  • Ruben Ireland
  • Rudy Fig
  • Ryan Berkley
  • Ryan Dineen
  • Ryan Graber
  • Rzone
  • Sadie Figueroa
  • Sam Fout
  • Sandra Equihua
  • Sara Escamilla
  • Sarah Joncas
  • Sarah Yates
  • SatOne
  • Satoshi Tomioka
  • Sayaka
  • Scott Altmann
  • Scott Altmann
  • Scott Mires
  • Scott Saw
  • Scribe
  • Sean Cassidy
  • Sean Mahan
  • Serge Seidlitz
  • Seth Gravette
  • Shannah O’Meara
  • Shannon Freshwater
  • Shawn Wolfe
  • Shawnimals
  • Shayna Yates
  • Sherwin Viray
  • Shunichiro Miki
  • Simon Varela
  • Simone Legno (TokiDoki)
  • Sita Lawton
  • Skinner
  • Skye Walker
  • Slobot
  • Snaggs
  • Soey Milk
  • Spencer Hibert
  • Stefan Bucher
  • Stephan Britt
  • Stephan Bucher
  • Stephané Tartelin
  • Stephen Gibb
  • Steve Chanks
  • Steve Forde
  • Susan Wickstrand
  • Susie Ghahremani
  • Teddy Kelly
  • Terri Mitchell
  • Tessar Lo
  • Tiffany Liu
  • Tiffany Liu
  • Tim Maclean
  • Tim Mantoani
  • Tocayo
  • Tom Bagshaw
  • Tom Haubrick
  • Touma
  • Tran Nguyen
  • Tripper Dungan
  • Tyler Cristobal
  • Urbanmedium
  • Victor Marka
  • Victoria Maderna
  • Vogue
  • William Sager
  • Yellena
  • Yoksay Yamamoto
  • Yuta Onada
  • Zach Johnsen
  • Zakka
  • Zoë Williams
  • Zoso