"Bump", 2004
Acrylic on illustration board
30 x 21 inches
"Bump", 2004
Acrylic on illustration board
30 x 21 inches
For Immediate Release
The Kantor Gallery is pleased to host the follow-up show for Yumiko Kayukawa's success last spring. The response to Kayukawa's work has been overwhelming; her use of nature interlaced with youthful pop culture, fashion, and fetishism encourage her viewers to connect with her work on a plethora of levels. Her Japanese comic-book style paintings have continued to sell out shows across the country since 2001. It seems the American public has tapped into a cultural phenomena of fascination with Japanese pop art.

Precisely rendered flat, bold color compositions have gained the admiration of fellow painters, as well art critics and buyers across the country. Vodka Magazine's Brangien Davis writes, "Cool isn't the half of it. Kayukawa's work is a sizzling stir-fry of rock and roll, high fashion, American pop culture and traditional Japanese artwork… It's the delicious frisson of the dichotomies that leads to such explosive, original art." In spite of her tremendous success Kayukawa has stayed true to her roots. Her experience of growing up in the small town of Naie in Hokkaido, Japan provided inspiration for various nuances within her work.

Upon a visit to the United States in 1997 Kayukawa was captivated. This interest in American culture can be seen in her bright whimsical artwork. The vibrancy of the beauties is offset by the incorporation of wildlife and traditional Japanese art. Attractive Japanese girls dressed in fashionable clothes are nestled amongst Kanji characters and blooming flowers producing modern inventions in perfect synergy between the old and new.

Yumiko Kayukawa's will be exhibiting her artwork at the Kantor Gallery with an opening artist reception on Thursday April 1st from 6:00 - 9:30pm. Exhibit will run through May 1st. For more information please call 323-933-6976.
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