omi x yoskay


i hope everyone is enjoying change of the seasons and staying warm.

i was invited by munky king to participate in their group show, "the omi show."
omi is munky king's first platform toy and the project was inspired by chinese opera mask and japanese nou theater mask. i had a chance to create a design for their first series which is coming out soon.

for the omi show, i carved two wooden omi mask. it was a a lot of fun to add my own twist to the omi's simple but a unique shape.

anyways here are the images of my contribution:

untitled, mixed media, 2010

untitled, mixed media, 2010

and for more info about omi please visit the site : http://omiproject.com/

Opening Night: Saturday, December 11th, 2010
@ Munky King
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046


my cup of tea. . .

hello friends,

just an update with some of the project that i have been working on.
thanks to darren from clickforart.com i had a chance to design a tea cup and saucer for them.
since i don't work with digital media often as i used to so, it was a bit of a challenge but i'm very pleased with the outcome.

"blossom" edition of 250

for purchasing please visit: http://www.clickforart.com


hello novmeber:)

sorry for the lack of update.

i have been quite busy, working on few exciting projects this past month.

i will post some more information and images as the projects reaches near to the end.
but in the mean time please enjoy some of the sketches/photos i have captured in a past month or two.

a close up shot of my installation at portsmouth museum, nh.

a breath taking view from a coast of maine.

i really enjoy the architecture of north east:)

'scarlet', color pencil and ink, 2010

'untitled study' mixed media, 2010

just watched 'buffalo 66' by vincent gallo, and he is my new hero.

a sketch from my neighborhood. downtown, la

a sketch from my neighborhood, pershing square, downtown la.

piece of knowledge from nara note, 05/09/2000

untitled sketch, graphite on paper, 2010


go nate go!!!

my good friend and loft-mate nate is having his second solo exhibition at lebasse projects this saturday. i really admire his skill and his hard work.
if you are in the area please stop by d join us.

and in the mean time enjoy his short film created by talented mr lynch.

Nate Frizzell 'I Should Know Who I Am By Now.' from Jeremy Asher Lynch on Vimeo.

‘I Should Know Who I Am By Now’
new work by nate frizzell.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 7-10pm

LeBasse Projects
6023 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232




hello from portsmouthm, new hampshire!
i wanted to share about the group exhibition "sugipop" which i am participating at ports mouth museum of art this week.

i just finished setting up my installation "tell me a story ..." and "do you still remember me?" at the museum and now i'm enjoying a perfect weather in this beautiful little town.

The Portsmouth Museum of Art and LeBasse Projects present:

The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art’

October 13th 2010 – January 16th 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 14th 2010

PORTSMOUTH, NH – ‘SugiPOP!: The Influence of Anime and Manga on Contemporary Art’ opens on October 13th at the Portsmouth Museum of Art. The show is a collaborative effort, co-curated by Beau Basse of LeBasse Projects in Los Angeles and Katherine Doyle of the Portsmouth Museum of Art. It features the work of approximately 30 artists tracing the origination's of manga, the rise of Japanese Contemporary Art and into how the art forms have influenced artists around the world.

The exhibition features an international roster of artists including Japanese masters Hokusai and Kuniyoshi in a display of original Edo period woodblock prints. The exhibit also features Japanese Contemporary artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Yoshitaka Amano, Mr., Ai Yamaguchi, Junko Mizuno and Hisashi Tenmyouya. International artists contributing to the exhibit include KAWS, Gary Baseman, Simone Legno, Natalia Fabia, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Yumiko Kayukawa, Seonna Hong, Hush, Morgan Slade, Edwin Ushiro, Luke Chueh, Andrew Hem, Mike Shinoda, Melissa Haslam, Audrey Kawasaki, Yoskay Yamamoto and more. Finally the exhibition includes original cels from some of the most significant anime films ever made, including Cowboy Bebop and Princess Mononoke.


hello october:)

hello friends,

i hope everyone is settling nicely into the new season.
i can not believe the october is already here. it's been raining for few days in la, and i'm enjoying stepping outside into the rainy atmosphere. the air is fresher and night sky seems a lot more clear.

there are few exciting events taking a place this month and wanted to share with everyone.

first, my good friend audrey kawasaki is having her solo exhibition at outre gallery in australia.

for more info visit aurey's blog

also tomorrow night on the 7th, my friend nimit malavia is having a show at compound gallery in portland. also my friend martin hsu ill be exhibiting his work in the same space.

and the last but not the least, i got featured in the latest juxtapoz magazine.
this issue includes an interview from koffie, evah fan and more.

check it out if you find them in the store near you.


back to stumptown:)

after our show at roq la rue gallery in seattle i took sometime off to spend few days in one of my favorite city on the west coast, portland. i fell in love with the city the first time i had a chance to visit. the moodiness of the weather and accessibility of the city reminded me of san francisco in many ways.
plus the cleanness and the charm of the city which is accented by their amazing local food and beers...
portland is truly magical in many ways....

i'm glad i got to visit such a beautiful city once again.

i hope you will enjoy some of these pictures;

lyrik cafe always welcomes me with open arms with their delicious sandwiches:)

lyrik cafe owner/founder, keiko is preparing me some nice cozy coffee drink:)

their spicy mocha latte is to die for!

got to do some positive vandalism on their table:)

took a bike to ride to cruse around downtown pdx and had a chance to see my friend ogi's solo show at compound gallery.

installation by ogi

found tessar lo in part of ogi' install

also j. shea 9 found in the install

last not but least mr. 9 providing me with some of his knowledge in his se studio.

over all very inspiring trip:)


roq la rue: recap


i know it's bit late but wanted to thank everyone who came to the roq la rue show to support us.
i know some of you drove from other states to see the work and to say hello.
your commitment and kindness means a lot to me.

here are few images from the roq la roo show;

view from my hotel room in downtown seattle:)
thanks kristen!

my wooden babies:)

'do you stil remember me?', resin art multiples, edition of 25

detail of my installation 'do you stil remember me?'

edwin and andrew in a discussion

to see the full preview please go to


sneak peak: roq la rue prt 2

my show at roq la rue is just around the corner. i will have 7 new painting on paper along with 7 wooden sculptures and a new edition of resin heads.

i have packed all my bags, printed out my pass, and made list of friends to visit during my trip. i'm looking forward to be spending sometime out side of la for a bit.
i think it will be a nice change of a pace for me to step out of my studio without my computer.

anyways here are few images from my new body of work, "lost stories and found memories."

my favorite piece in the show:)

do you still remember me? edition of 25.

"lost stories and found memories."

New Works by yoskay yamamoto
opening reception: September 10, 2010 from 6pm - 9pm
at: Roq La Rue Gallery
2316 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-1710
(206) 374-8977

please contact kirsten@roqlarue.com for preview and purchasing.


sneak peak: roq la rue

hello, friends, sorry for the lack of update.
here are some sneak peaks for what's coming at roq la rue gallery next month.


some of the wooden sculptures for the show.

my dear friend, mixed media on paper, 2010

if you are in the area please stop by and say hello:)

also my friend edwin will be showing at the same space.
his blog.

New Works by yoskay yamamoto
opening reception: September 10, 2010 from 6pm - 9pm
at: Roq La Rue Gallery
2316 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-1710
(206) 374-8977


work in progress

it has been about a month since, i started to paint on a paper. i wanted to try something new and exciting to keep myself interested in my own work. i get bored easily and i found it was a perfect time to switch the tempo and also to learn something new from it. i have done couple paintings on a paper before but i wasn't very happy with the result. this time i'm trying to keep the soft quality of the paper and learn to paint more sensitively than i usually do. the beginning was a bit difficult to get hang of everything, but like everything else, im slowly learning by just trying different approach, and making mistakes.

here is a detail shot of one of the piece;

im planing to have around 6 new paintings for a two person show next month.
i will be showcasing my work with my friend, edwin ushiro at roq la roo gallery in seattle.

i will post more detail as the date reaches.

thanks for stopping by and i hope all of you are having a pleasant summer.


yosuke x yoskay

here is a collaboration sketch that i did with yosuke ueno for super cooper's birthday party/art show at munky king.

here is the image and the info:

'we are not so different' graphite on paper, 2010

cooper Berella is excited to announce that he will be curating his first art show for his 11th birthday! "Cubes and Cylinders" will feature artwork from Super Cooper and lots of his artist friends! This exhibition will have fine art, fine food, and FUN! We hope you can join us in celebrating Cooper's 11th birthday during this special event at Munky King Gallery on Melrose.

Munky King Gallery
7308 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046



comic-con 2010 was a blast, another successful year for munky king and myself.
thursday, 'omi unmasked party' was packed and very energetic.
and this trip was a really nice way to be able to spend sometime out side of my studio and get inspired.
i got to see some of my old friends and make some new ones:)

here are couple pictures from the trip:

after the mk party:)

mr flores in action!

working hard or working smart?

also here are couple links for the recap:


comic-con 2010 :)

only few days left!

i will be painting live during this party. please stop by and have a drink or two with us. :)

also i will be signing at munky king's booth on friday and saturday.
here is the official signing schedule:

Thu 7/22:
9:00pm - 2:00am: OMI:UNMASKED party @ Bar Basic

Fri 7/23:
11:30am - 1:00pm: YOSKAY YAMAMOTO
2:00pm - 3:30pm: LUKE CHUEH
4:00pm - 5:30pm: OMI ARTISTS (Luke Chueh, Kozik, Yoskay, Ferg and more)

Sat 7/24:
11:00am - 12:30pm: YOSKAY YAMAMOTO
2:00pm - 3:30pm: LUKE CHUEH
4:00pm - 5:30pm: OMI ARTISTS (Luke Chueh, Kozik, Yoskay, Ferg and more)

Sun 7/25:
11:00am - 12:30pm: VANNEN WATCHES (Travis Lampe, Brian Ewing, Chris Ryniak, Alex Pardee)
1:00pm - 2:00pm: KOZYNDAN


and i'm very pleased to announce that prototype of my new vinyl toy will be displayed at munky kings booth, and to celebrate this happy occasion munky king will be releasing mini print of the painting 'screaming for the sunrise' which the toy was based on.
so please stop by and say hello. :)

6 x 8, edition of 150

more info at mk's website