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i’m showing my drawings with lilly piri and fumi nakamura in the project room at thinkspace gallery in los angeles.  i’m very happy to be able to show with them.  we all use color pencils.  the opening is  tonight (7 – 11pm).  the show runs from september 11th to october 2nd.  if you’re around in LA, please drop by and check out the show!

thinkspace art gallery

4210 santa monica blvd,

los angeles, ca

thursday – sunday (1 – 6pm) or by appointment

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(’20/20′, 2006)

tonight is an opening of a group show at douglas udell gallery in edmonton.  i’m showing the drawing above and 6 other drawings.  i was planning to go to the opening reception, but i’ve been sick and now elijah got sick as well.  so we won’t be able to go.  but if you are around in edmonton, please go to the opening and see the show!

the show will be travelling across canada.  the next stop will be at the douglas udell gallery in vancouver, opening saturday, september 27th.  after that, my drawings will be shown at the toronto international art fair (oct 2 – 6).  this is the first time these drawings have been shown outside of saskatoon, so i’m very excited.

the other six drawings i’m showing are:

chicken breasts

bird eat bird

under the sun

the great escape



the are some of my precious old favorite drawings, finally for sale.  if you’re interested in buying one, please contact the gallery.

Douglas Udell Gallery

10332-124 street
ph: 780-488-4445
Tue-Sat 9:30-5:30 and by appointment

1558 West 6th Avenue
ph: 604-736-8900
Tue-Sat 10:00-6:00 and by appointment

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i’m taking part in a group show called ‘environmental 911′ at gordon snelgrove gallery at university of saskatchewan.  it’s been a while since i got to show my drawings in saskatoon.  i’m very happy.

we’ll be at the closing reception probably from 7 to 8pm-ish.  please come and say hi if you’re around in saskatoon.

oh, this drawings is called “new wings”.  16 x 20″

Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

3 Campus Dr.  Saskatoon

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this drawing is for a group show titled ’100 stories’ at hosfelt gallery in NYC, april 11th to may 31st. you can sneak a peek at the show on the gallery’s website and read about it on todd hosfelt’s blog.

it was also mentioned on the juxtapoz blog last saturday. exciting!

hosfelt gallery
531 w 36th street,
new york

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park debut

i’ve been getting together with other mothers with young children. when we first meet new people, elijah acts shy and holds onto me. but once he gets used to them he starts grabbing the other babies’ faces…

it’s nice to see him interacting with other babies and young children. whenever he spends time with other people, he gets chatty with me afterwards. i think he’s trying to tell me about his day.

see the process of this drawing:

park debut art recipe 1

park debut art recipe 2

this drawing is for a group show called “100 stories” at hosfelt gallery in NY (april 11 to may 31)

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i’m showing these drawings for ‘a visceral valentine’ group show at apama mackey gallery in houston, TX. the curator, frank anthony porreco III contacted me in january and chose these two for the show. he found my drawings somewhere on the internet.

the gallery owner kindly asked me to send her extra drawings in case someone wants to see more of my drawings. so i sent her aibiki and tokimeki. they might not be displayed in the show, but they are also available for sale.

this is my first time showing my drawings in houston. the opening is today from 6 – 9 pm. if you are in houston during the show, please go take a look and have a good time!

Apama Mackey gallery in collaboration with Porreco Productions presents:

A Visceral Valentine
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture curated by Frank Anthony Porreco III.

Featuring work by: Marcus Adams, Lisa Alisa, Rene Cruz, Sean Flournoy, Derek Hess, Wyatt Nash, Frank Anthony Porreco III, Carol F. Smith, Jenifer Tong, Kuro Unagi, Jason Villegas and Yuka Yamaguchi

*Due to the graphic nature of some images, this exhibition may not be suitable for all audiences.*

Saturday February 16, 2008 6-9 PM

Apama Mackey Gallery
628 E. 11th Street Houston,
Texas 77009

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i’m doing a show at cafe pause in ikebukuro, tokyo. i’m showing some prints of my favorite drawings. initially, i was planning to show original drawings, but i realized it would be much easier to bring prints with me, especially since i’m travelling with my baby. we all came to japan at the end of december to spend new year’s with my family in wakayama. then paul, elijah and i went to tokyo to set up this show.

this is my first show in japan, actually. i started my art career in canada, years after i left japan in 2000. my work is pretty well known online, with my website and flickr and many links from different sites around the world. i write my blog in english, so my contacts have been mostly non-japanese. i’ve shown work in many different places, but never before in japan.

jean snow and elijah

the person who contacted me to do this show is jean snow. he’s a canadian living in tokyo who writes a blog about design and pop culture in tokyo. he found me after my drawings were linked from drawn!, even though the link was broken (he searched my name on google). jean asked me if i was interested in doing a show at cafe pause, where he sets up events. we arranged the time so we could also spend new year’s with my family on the same trip.

cafe pause is about a 10 minute walk from ikebukuro station. it stands on a corner lot and the two walls facing the streets have big wall-to-wall windows that create an open-air feeling. there are display areas on the pillars and on the walls (but not much wall space because of all the windows). i put up small prints on the bookshelves on the pillars and along one wall, and some big prints on the open wall space. i filled up the space with images tightly, using 44 prints in total (many of them used twice in different places). i made two prints (‘inside of me’ and ‘after all’) so large (18 x 24″) that their heads are bigger than lifesize. someday, i’d like to make huge prints that would swallow our minds and bodies –ultraman size would be nice.

it’s been awhile since i did a show in a cafe gallery – my favorite place to show my drawings. i like my work to be seen as part of daily life. people come to a cafe for a cup of coffee or to meet someone, not specifically to look at art. when they go home that evening to have a bath, if they suddenly remember my drawings and the images come out of the mist of the bath, that would be wonderful.

the show will be on until january 13th. the prints are all for sale, and there are free postcards, too.

cafe pause
2-14-12-1F Minami-Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03-5950-6117
Fax: 03-5950-6180

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tonight is an opening night for a special benefit for API (animal protect institute) called “fight for flight” at thinkspace gallery in LA.

i submitted these three drawings.

the title is “lost but found”.

the title is ‘what’s in it?’

the title is ‘kamakura

they are for sale. please contact thinkspace gallery, if you’re interested in them.

National Bird Day will take place on Sat, Jan. 5th, 2008 and we’ll be hosting a special exhibition entitled “Fight For Flight” that will have an opening reception on Fri, January 4th. The opening will be sponsored by Dewars and Grolsch and will take place from 7-11PM on Fri, Jan. 4th. There will be a special installation from P. Williams in our front room and an exhibition in our main gallery featuring over 50 artists from all across the U.S. and as far off as Japan, Germany, Australia, Canada and Scotland.

On Sat, Jan. 5th we’ll be open from noon till 6PM for further viewing of the show. We will be hosting a special coloring contest for kids taking place in our project room that afternoon to further encourage families to come through together and experience this amazing gathering of talent and hopefully walk away with some knowledge gained on our feathered friends and all things cute and furry that the API help to protect and defend.”

Fight for Flight‘ – special benefit for API in honour of national bird day

day 1 :: january 4th, 2008 opening reception 7 -10 pm
day 2 :: january 5th 2008 special family day 12-7 pm

thinkspace gallery
4210 Santa Monica blvd. (near Sunset junction)
Los Angels, CA

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the title is ‘kamakura‘. ‘kamakura’ is a name of a city in kanagawa prefecture and also it’s a name for a snow hut (like igloo). kamakuras are built with compacted snow. they’re very warm inside.

it’s been snowing a lot here in saskatoon. the city is covered with pure white snow – very beautiful. it’s been super cold here. it’s like – 50 Celsius, to be exact. i’d like to stay inside and drink sake on a cold snowy night like that.

this is one of the three drawings that i submitted for a group show at thinkspace gallery. it’s for sale. please contact the gallery if you’re interested in it.

Fight for Flight‘ – special benefit for API in honour of national bird day

day 1 :: january 4th, 2008 opening reception 7 -10 pm
day 2 :: january 5th 2008 special family day 12-7 pm

thinkspace gallery
4210 Santa Monica blvd. (near Sunset junction)
Los Angels, CA

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a saskatoon design company, beagle productions contacted me to be part of their online gallery of saskatoon artists. some of my artist friends here in saskatoon are also on the spotlight. you should check them out. the purpose of this project is to attract visitors to saskatoon. i hope a lot of people will come to saskatoon. saskatoon is booming, you know.

Our Curio

The Spotlight on Visual Art Curio in Beagle Productions showcases Saskatoon’s eclectic collection of artists and their paintings through an in-person display as well as kiosk and web technology. This Curio builds on the growing popularity and success of the Crescent’s art community by providing the opportunity to display these impressive works year round and to a broader audience. Not only does this add value to the cultural community in Saskatoon, but it will also encourage an appreciation for local art, culture and heritage by making it easier for artists to present and the public to find impressive local art.

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