We've always hated the label of "lowbrow art", especially when used in reference to artwork like that of Japanese painter, Yumiko Kayukawa. Her colourful works are a series of imagery collision, combining Japan's serene visual past with her graphic-bombarding present. Motifs borrowed from traditional Japanese artwork mingle with fetching posed models straight out of Non-no magazine. A looming ninja stands poised to strike, helpful squirrels open chopsticks, wolves playfully lick their lovely human packmate, and elephants share bananas...a surreal kaleidoscope that perfectly captures the spirit of the name of her show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, "I'm from Japan. My father is Ninja. My mother is Geisha" .
From July 7-30 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone 323-666-7667 Fax 323-663-0243