Ikiru by Nathan Otz is a full overview of Ota’s work from his early street art to illustrations + gallery pieces, to recent collaborations with the street artist RISK. Ota has gained a following over the last twenty years for his prolific work in a variety of expressions + media. The surrealist world he creates is one of streaked green skies, off-color hues + dripping paint, a world reliant on recurring figures such as a blind bird in a striped dunce hat, a gelatinous robot lost in the woods + an egg sprouting up protruding tree branches. Dark + engaging, this is a world of struggle that continues to clash + commune within each new painting. Nathan Ota combines his early influences of vintage comic books, punk rock fliers + his graffiti-obsessed high school years with formal training at the Art Center College of Design to create technically adept pieces with a pop culture aesthetic reminiscent of Tim Burton. Ota is a member of the Society of Illustrators + has created illustrations for the Los Angeles Times, Communication Arts, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Weekly, LA CityBeat, Writers Guild of America, + Capital Records. Hardcover. 12 x 9.5 inches. 144 pages. 135 color plates. Edition of 1,000. Out of print.
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