Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting

Gajin Fujita (b.1972), Golden Boy After Kuniyoshi 2011, Gold leaf, platinum leaf, and silver leaf with spray paint and paint markers on wood panel, 24 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.), Collection of Jim Kenyon, Image courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, © Gajin Fujita
Gajin Fujita (b.1972), Golden Boy After Kuniyoshi 2011, Gold leaf, platinum leaf, and silver leaf with spray paint and paint markers on wood panel, 24 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.), Collection of Jim Kenyon, Image courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, © Gajin Fujita

In the Focus Gallery

April 20 – October 7, 2012

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Gajin Fujita (born 1972) is a Japanese American artist whose work combines elements of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e art with contemporary American street art and Pop art, among other influences. A native of Los Angeles, Fujita has been steadily gaining international recognition since his first solo gallery exhibition a decade ago. The exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum will be his first solo museum exhibition on the west coast, and is timed to coincide with Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi since Fujita’s work shares many interesting parallels with the work of the earlier master concerning compositional approaches, the struggle of man in nature, attention to finished surfaces of the work, and a featuring of Japanese folklore and tales of valor and the supernatural.

Related Events

Curator’s Tour
April 28, 2 p.m.
Curator Bridget Bray shares her insights on the intriguing artwork in this exhibition. Free with museum admission.

Fusion Friday: Pop Up

June 15, 7:30 p.m.
The popular summer series continues with a night of pop culture exploring the mix of classic and contemporary in this exhibition. Enjoy music, food and drink along with a group graffiti art activity and a karaoke lounge. Free for members, $15 nonmembers.

Artist Conversation

August 5, 2 p.m.
Gajin Fujita speaks on his work in conversation with Curator Bridget Bray. Free with museum admission.