Made in L.A., a solo exhibition of 12 new paintings by Los Angeles artist Gajin Fujita, will be presented at L.A. Louver gallery in Venice beginning Thursday, Oct. 13 through Nov. 12.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at the gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.
In his paintings, Fujita blends a rich diversity of cultural influences that range from traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to contemporary manga; and from American pop culture, to East L.A. street-life iconography and graffiti.
The artist also combines a variety of process techniques and media. He begins with wood panels that he covers with platinum, white and yellow gold leaf in graphic patterns. Fujita then tags the panels, sometimes inviting members of his longtime graffiti crew, K2S (“Kill to Succeed”) to tag larger-scale paintings, a gallery spokesperson explains.
Over the tagged panels, using his own paper stencils that are unique to each painting, Fujita creates compositions, which feature samurais, geishas, dragons, tigers and fish, using spraypaint, paint marker and Mean Streak, in striking colors.
This series of new paintings is unique for its broad diversity of scale, from the intimate 8-by-10-inch single panel Feel Cool to the mural-size East vs. West which, comprised of a dozen wood panels measuring 7-by-22 feet overall, is Fujita’s largest painting to date.
Los Angeles, the artist’s birthplace, home, and the site of the paintings’ creation, is nearly ubiquitously represented in the paintings.
In 1997, Fujita received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester, followed by a master of fine arts from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2000.
Information, (310) 822-4955, or www.lalouver.com.