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Moving Blog


My blog has packed it's bag and is moving over to my website at I have some new blog posts already waiting for you there! Mahalo!!!

Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month


Last week I was invited to the opening ceremony of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at City Hall in Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a speech in front of the members of the Council. The Mayor acknowledged 3 individuals for 3 special awards. Spirit of Los Angeles went to Kyung Won Lee, Dreams of Los Angeles went to Jyoti Nanda and Hope of Los Angeles went to Michelle Kwan.From left to right: shoulder of Jyoti Nanda, Michelle Kwan, Mayor Villaraigosa, and K.W. Lee.  We then proceeded outside for lunch and entertainment.Hanh Nguyen, Dragon and Michelle Kwan. The press frenzy as the award recipients were given their plaques.My new friends Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Isabel Rojas Williams, Hanh Nguyen...and the very lovely girls, Image Specialist, Enza Hibler and President, Evelyn Aleman from Media Image PR.Tahitian dancers. No. I did not have a chance to make friends with them. You can't see it that well from my picture but once these girls hit the stage, all the men whipped out their cameras. Haha. Okay, I did too.Well, you can see more photographs of this event at the Mural Conservancy Facebook page and learn about the events that are occurring during Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Who knew this lands on the month of May?[...]

The Moving Still


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One Month Ago


It was like a dream.Where you fall from the sky.You go through a thousand of them.Although, this one is quite different.Old places from your childhood never vanish.And transition from one place to the next with directional light.You can see without glasses.So you inspect everything from this world.Knowing full well that it could all wash away swiftly.Make use of your time here.This evening was the best meal from my trip. A simple NY steak with salt, pepper, love and sprinkled laughter.Sometimes you find yourself on an uncharted path.Until you realize that you have been there before.Because the longer you are there the more you remember. Hi Grandma!Old friends reunite here.Some of them are vaguely familiar.While others you will never forget.So giggle...amongst your catch for all it's worth.Because you live in this place.Run your hand against the wall to make sure it's real.For when the time comes, the light returns to lift you away.To deliver you with hope that if you remember correctly it can be done all over again.[...]

"Year of the Dragon" at Giant Robot 2


The lunar calendar moves forward and this year it lands on the year of the dragon. The Giant Robot store (GR2) on Sawtelle boulevard will celebrate this occasion with an art show this Saturday, January 28.  Here is my contribution.

4.5" x 3.5"
available online

I hope to see you there!!!

"Year of the Dragon"
opening reception: January 28, from 6:30PM - 10PM
at: Giant Robot (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276


"Post-It Show 7" at Giant Robot 2


Yes, it is that time of the year again. The Post-it show at Giant Robot is coming. In fact, it's going to open this week on December 10, 2011 and I am going to miss all the madness. For those of you who have never attended this show, you can read the details here. Otherwise, as the locals know, go early and survey the available artwork, purchase the artwork of your choosing, take it home immediately, and enjoy. Oh, and I drew on two 3 tiled Post-Its to create these pieces above. Happy Post-It shopping!

"Post-It Show 7"
Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6:30PM - 10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

For more information about the show, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:
Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

"East West Connect" at Above Second


Are you in Hong Kong? The reason why I ask you is that my most recent show is in Hong Kong at  Above Second. This group exhibition is curated by online art magazine Arrested Motion, featuring the work of Luke Chueh, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Evah Fan, Stella Im Hultberg, Tat Ito, Akino Kondoh, Travis Louie, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Brendon Monroe, Edwin Ushiro, Nick Walker, and Yoskay Yamamoto. The exhibition is now open. So come out and make a visit. Thanks!"East West Connect"from Nov. 25 - Jan.12at: Above Secondaddress: 31 Eastern St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (between 2nd and 3rd st)Mon-Fri 12pm – 7pmWeekend by Appointment Only[...]

Tessar Lo at Jaski Art Gallery in Amsterdam


Is anyone from Amsterdam reading this? I am asking because tomorrow is the opening art reception of my Brother and Artist, Tessar Lo at his first solo exhibition in Amsterdam. If you are there have a drink with him, experience his art and maybe teach him a few dirty Dutch words. Haha. You know you want to do it. Tessar's show opens this Saturday!

"The Dying Wishes"
opening reception: Saturday, October 22 from 16:00 to 19:00
at: Jaski Art Gallery
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 29
1017 DB Amsterdam
Tel: 020-6203939
Fax: 020-6203069

"Robots" at Giant Robot (GR2)


This Saturday, Giant Robot will host a “special” art exhibition for the benefit of Giant Robot 2 – the gallery space. The goal is for the space to be self sustaining as an art space in 2012 and on. Times are tough and many artists associated with Giant Robot are stepping up to lend their artistic support. Here is my contribution. And you can see it among many other amazing artists including: Gary Baseman, Robert Bellm, Jill Bliss, Aaron Brown, Buff Monster, Jon Burgerman, Youjung Byun, Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Louise Chen, Shawn Cheng, James Chong, Luke Chueh, Josh Cochran, Eleanor Davis, Evah Fan, Ulises Farinas, Jesse Fillingham, Jordan Fu, Matt Furie, Susie Ghahremani, Katherine Guillen, Clement Hanami, Nao Harada, Seonna Hong, David Horvath, Martin Hsu, Mari Inukai, Yellena James, James Jean, Hellen Jo, Kaori Kasai, James Kochalka, kozyndan, Le Merde, Tessar Lo, Barry Mcgee, Miso, Junko Mizuno, Tru Nguyen, Saelee Oh, Saejean Oh, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Ming Ong, Martin Ontiveros, John Pham, Sidney Pink, Ferris Plock, Jarrett Quon, Albert Reyes, Grant Reynolds, Dr. Romanelli, Luke Rook, Souther Salazar, Rob Sato, Scrappers, Ryan Jacob Smith, Space Invader, Deth P. Sun, Daria Tessler, Mark Todd, Kelly Tunstall, Aiyana Udesen, Esther P. Watson, Jing Wei, Yoskay Yamamoto and Jeni Yang. See it all this Saturday!

A Benefit for GR2
September 24 – October 12, 2011
at: GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

New York, New York!!!


Scroll through these pictures real quick. That's how my trip felt. I'm glad that it consisted of hanging out with old and new friends, adventures in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, food, drinks, and what else?. Aggrr! It was seriously a blur. I wish I had taken more photographs to remember them. But thank you to all my friends (thanks Chris for the additional pictures) who made this trip worth taking!!! Oh, and if you are in New York, the group show I am in will run through August 27. Please check it out and share your thoughts with me. [...]

Air Mail


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Jeni Yang mails the sweetest letters on the sweetest cards. This one is from Taiwan with a transparent film of Green Island. She says it's a beautiful place for scuba diving. I bet, Jeni! It reminds me of the summers when we used to camp on the island of Lanai. Like this photo, the sunsets were spectacular. We met Joe Montana and his son there. On another day, we were included in a group shot for a bikini shoot which we never received our copies. The camp site no longer exists and is now the address of the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay.

"Summer Invitational" at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery


 Hi everyone! I am posting my painting above as a teaser for the 2011 Annual Summer Invitational at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. I will attend the opening reception to introduce you to my 2 latest paintings. So please come by and exchange the aloha.
"2011 Annual Summer Invitational" *
August 10, 2011 from 6pm – 8pm
at: Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10011
*for purchase inquiries contact Raymond Bulman at or 212-243-3822.

"Cold Water" at LeBasse Projects a Solo Exhibition by Andrew Hem


I feel like I have been waiting forever to see this show and it is finally here!!! Congratulations to my good friend, Andrew Hem. See you on Saturday buddy.

Culver City, CA – LeBasse Projects is excited to present, ‘Cold Water’ an exhibition of new works from Los Angeles based artist Andrew Hem. In this highly anticipated solo project, Hem confronts the viewer with themes of isolation and personal conflict.

"Cold Water" a solo exhibition by Andrew Hem
Saturday, July 16, from 7-10pm
at: LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd.
Culver City. CA, 90232

"Year of the Labbit" at the Japanese American National Museum


(image) On Thursday, July 14, the Japanese American National Museum will open the exhibition, "The Year of the Labbit" featuring customized toys designed by Frank Kozik by artists such as: Christina Conway, Mark Nagata, Stan Sakai, Mike Shinoda, Yoskay Yamamoto, and me (the black one above is my contribution). And speaking of Stan Sakai, there will also be a retrospective exhibition of his work including original drawings and paintings that spans 25 years of his character, Usagi Yojimbo. I am really stoked to see it. I've seen Stan almost every year at the San Diego Comic Convention but I never had the balls to approach him. Maybe this show might be my chance. Maybe your chance too.

"Year of the Labbit" and "Year of the Rabbit": Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo"
Thursday, July 14 from 6PM - 9PM
at: Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles CA 90012

Walk with me through my garden


Italian Parsley

Roma Tomato

My prize this summer, Pepper!

Green peppers!

Randomness in Order


See, this is the Indian Temple I was speaking about. Confused? Read my previous post.Pre-framed painting I did for ARTWALK Culver City at LeBasse Projects. He will be on display until June 11. Tour of Gardena by Obake Guide and Illustrator, Caroline Lee.  Arigato![...]

Sketchbook: Calabasas, The Mysterious Indian Temple and the Culver City Artwalk 2011


(image) From left to right: Amazing example of Culver City architecture. I have been itching to draw this exact house for awhile now and I am really stoked that this is now in my sketchbook. Have you been here? Then, I found this mysteriously hidden Indian temple (originally discovered a few months ago). Then, last week, I returned with friends from India to attend service and record my findings with my trusty assistant, a black Moleskine. I tried to capture the serene beauty of this location and I vow to go back again to attempt this feat.

Hindu Temple Ventura County
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Road,
Calabasas, CA 91302

(image) Oh, and don't forget... this Saturday is the Culver City Artwalk. I will have a new painting at LeBasse Projects. Details here. Have a happy "Aloha Friday" everyone!!!

"Culver City Artwalk"
at: LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd. 

Culver City, CA 90232
310 558 0200

Sketchbook: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ema


Here is a page from my sketchbook. The one on the left, Jet Propulsion Lab mission control from a tour of JPL courtesy of Dr. Corey Jamieson. Thanks Corey!!! On the right, Oakland Athletics Catcher and Maui boy, Kurt Suzuki at spring training in AT&T Park.

Resting on the grass is my contribution for an ema art auction, "Artists Help Japan" coordinated by my friend, Christina Conway. The winner of this piece has been announced and will receive this drawing shortly Thank you to everyone who supported this cause to raise money for the victims of Japan. You can still help. More information at Give2Asia.

Time to see some art!


I've been on a road trip and missed the opportunity to post about a great show that opened in Toronto last week. Did you see it? It's by my friends, Andrew Hem and Tessar Lo. This show encompasses the continuation of Tessar Lo's whimsical yet experimental discovery of ones own identity (read his interview with Art Investigator, Amanda Erlanson). Coinciding Mr. Lo's solo efforts is the introduction of Andrew Hem's unique artwork to the citizens of Canada. Andrew produced art that includes sculptural works alongside graffiti-inspired stencils which replicates his painting style remarkably well. Go see them both!

Andrew Hem's: "Building From The Ground Up" and Tessar Lo's "MAPS"
at: Show and Tell Gallery
1161 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1X3

Back at headquarters I received new information that LeBasse Projects second gallery location will have it's inagural exhibition in the Los Angeles' Chinatown district. The show is entitled, "Momentum" and features an international cast which includes: Amy Ross, Fumi Nakamura, Hera, Kristin Schiele, Jessicka Addams, Laura Ball, Marci Washington, Marissa Textor, Melissa Haslam, Meryl Pataky, Seonna Hong, Tracy Nakayama and Yumiko Kayukawa. Say hi to my friend, Kim Luangraj who is the Gallery Manager. I will also be attending the festivities this Saturday. And here are the juicy details:

at: LeBasse Projects: Chinatown
April 9, 2011 from 7PM - 10PM
932 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 

“An Easy Give and Take” a fundraiser for the Japanese Red Cross at the Torrance Art Museum


"V"  /  5" x 4"  /  ink on plastered masoniteHere is another charity fundraiser. This time it is a group show curated by Kio Griffith at the Torrance Art Museum. All artwork including mine will be available for purchase at a whopping $50.00 (cash only). Great deal, right? I hope people think so. Take advantage, raise money, and offer your support. Coinciding with this show is the opening of "Gateway Japan" an exhibition of Japanese and Japanese American art. "An Easy Give and Take"Saturday, March 26, from 12PM to 9PMat: Torrance Art Museum 3320 Civic Center Drive Torrance, CA 90503  map [...]

"Water Works" a fundraiser for the devastation in Japan at Giant Robot



"Kamakaokalani" or "Eyes of the Heavens"  /  3" x 5"  /  die-cut print in a poly bag

I stayed up last night to finish 9 of these die-cuts. It's an additional piece to raise money for UNICEF and help the people who need the support right now.

"Kamakaokalani" or "Eyes of the Heavens"
3" x 5"
die-cut print in a poly bag
edition of 9 plus 2 artist proofs

Participating artista include: Gary Baseman, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Ayako Fujitani, Matt Furie, Joe Hahn, Clement Hanami, Mari Inukai, James Jean, kozyndan, Lisa Ling, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Jeff McMillan, Junko Mizuno, Megan Mullally, Gary Musgrave, Mark Nagata, Saelee Oh, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Nathan Ota, Mu Pan, Albert Reyes, Rob Sato, Jillian Tamaki, Katsuya Terada, Edwin Ushiro, Esther Pearl Watson, Daniel Wu, Yoskay Yamamoto, and Kohei Yamashita.

This event will also have a raffle for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items. Giant Robot is donating a percentage of sales from Giant Robot, GR2, GRSF and gr/eats on Saturday, March 19. So you could in fact be donating all night long.

"Water Works" - A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan
Reception: Saturday, March 19, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m
at: GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276 

The Japan Situation


"Contained" /  8" x 8"  /  mixed media on acrylic 
My cousin was in Sendai at the time the tsunami hit. With the inability to reach her by phone our family impatiently waited. It troubled me. But the next day, we were relieved to hear from her.  My family was lucky but it's tough to admit others are not. My friend Norine and I met the fine volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation hustling to raise money and awareness. We made our donations and I hope it goes to the people that need it the most.

Giant Robot and UNICEF are doing their part too. They are hosting a group art show that will benefit the people of Japan. My contribution to this show is this painting above entitled, "Contained."

Participating artista include: Gary Baseman, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Ayako Fujitani, Matt Furie, Joe Hahn, Clement Hanami, Mari Inukai, James Jean, kozyndan, Lisa Ling, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Jeff McMillan, Junko Mizuno, Megan Mullally, Gary Musgrave, Mark Nagata, Saelee Oh, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Nathan Ota, Mu Pan, Albert Reyes, Rob Sato, Jillian Tamaki, Katsuya Terada, Edwin Ushiro, Esther Pearl Watson, Daniel Wu, Yoskay Yamamoto, and Kohei Yamashita.

"Water Works" - A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan
Reception: Saturday, March 19, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m
at: GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276 

The Hi-Fructose Group Invitational at Roq La Rue


"Something Held Whirling to be Released"    32" x 22"    mixed media mounted on plexi glass

I am proud to announce a new show I am in this week. The Hi-Fructose Group Invitational will be held this year at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The show opens on March 11 from 6pm - 9pm. Participating artist include: Aron Wiesenfeld, Chris Berens, Dalek/James Marshall, Femke Hiemstra, Jeremy Geddes, Kazuki Takamatsu, Martin Wittfooth, Rob Sato, Tim Biskup and myself. The image you see here entitled, "Something Held Whirling to be Released"is my contribution for this show. If you are interested in purchasing this painting feel free to contact the gallery with the information provided below.

The Hi-Fructose Group Invitational
March 11 from 6PM - 9PM
at: Roq La Rue Gallery
2312 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 374-8977

Excursion: Greystone Mansion and Park


Let's go on a excursion. For those of you who are not in California, we are in Beverly Hills.And, this is Greystone Mansion. It has a bizarre history. Today, it stands as a public park, architectural landmark and filming location (that's why this looks familiar to you). Built atop 12.58 acres, the mansion which covers 46,054 square feet of it, is one of the largest family estate built in Beverly Hills.Ahh, pose time.Am I exciting you? You should go. Greystone Mansion and Park 905 Loma Vista DriveBeverly Hills, CA 90210[...]

Year of the Rabbit


With the fireworks blaring the start of the lunar new year, this was produced in celebration of a prosperous future. May it bring you good luck!

3.25" x 5.25"
die-cut prints
edition of 20

They are available at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles and online purchase here and view the entire "Year of the Rabbit" exhibit online here.