On a recent stroll through Chung King Road in LA’s Chinatown, we noticed an odd and colorful array of sculptures peeking through an open door. The door belonged to the Good Luck Gallery, which just opened in March, and the sculptures were by Harry Steinberg, who, at the ripe age of 103, is enjoying his first show.

Gallery owner Paige Wery, whose focus is on outsider art, discovered Steinberg and his work when visiting a local pottery studio, run by Steinberg and his wife, Claire Hanzakos, out of their home. Wery noticed some of Steinberg’s sculptures mixed in among the couple’s African and pre-Colombian art collection, eventually finding a treasure trove of grime-covered work. She notes, "I had no idea he was 103."

Steinberg, a doctor and WWII vet, began his artistic practice after retirement with his wife’s encouragement. In conversation at a party at the gallery last weekend, Steinberg shed some light on his inspirations. Lowering his voice to a coy whisper, he pointed at Hanzakos and explained, "I had to be really good or she would leave me."

Check out images from the show, which is on view until April 12th, and a portrait of the artist, below.

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg

harry steinberg