Sunday, October 5, 2014

Edwin Ushiro's New Book!

If you're a fan of the incomparable Edwin Ushiro, you'll want to get a signed copy of his new monograph, "Gathering Whispers," from Zero+ Publishing before their introductory offer runs out! I assure you that you will not be disappointed in the scope or quality of this deluxe edition, which contains an in-depth introduction written by me.

Edwin Ushiro: Gathering Whispers is a haunting monograph that explores the work of Edwin Ushiro, whose atmospheric paintings recapture the ecstasy, wonder and dread that illuminated and shadowed the endless summer days of his childhood in Hawaii. With an introduction by Giant Robot founder and curator Eric Nakamura and an essay by yours truly (Amanda Erlanson) that delves into the cultural, historical and personal backdrop of Ushiro’s vision, and featuring 71 impeccably reproduced color plates, this deluxe volume provides a wealth of insight into the ethereal world of a gifted and enigmatic artist.

Andrew Hem, slinging paint from Culver City to Colombia!

Last but not least, I wanted to share with you a small but evocative mural Andrew recently completed in his hometown, Culver City. You can find it on Fay at Washington, if you're in the neighborhood. Like many of his paintings, "Jacuzzi" celebrates Andrew's love of Yakuza-style body art and graffiti fonts, as well as the wild beauty of nature.

Stay tuned for a mural in another hemisphere — in Bogotá, Colombia, to be precise — when Andrew travels there for his four-day moleskine landscape painting lecture, later this month!

"The Night Watchers" by Andrew Hem, now haunting Lexington, Kentucky!

For Lexington, Kentucky's PRHBTN Festival last week, Transylvania University professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova invited Andrew Hem to paint a mural at 139 W. Short Street. His spooky "The Night Watchers" comes just in time for Halloween! Photos courtesy of Kurt & Kremena, Mark Cornelison (for the Lexington Herald-Leader), Paul M. Hooper and the PRHBTN Festival.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Andrew Hem's "Cruising Down the Eastside" in Germany

Just wanted to let you know that you should check out Andrew Hem's new mural for the Wallcome Festival in the quaint German town of Schmalkalden, home to local legends and festival curators Akut and Case from Ma'Claim. Photos courtesy of the talented Sascha Buehner!