Saturday, March 5, 2016

Yoskay Yamamoto blends his Japanese heritage with urban pop art

I have a bit of a soft spot for ceramic sculptors here at FINDING CAIN, having featured many artists in that genre before: Jason Briggs, Brett Kern, Orly Montag, Toshiya Masuda, and James DeRosso, to name a few. A few days ago, I discovered yet another artist working with ceramics named Yoskay Yamamoto. Born and raised in Japan, Yoskay is now based in California. He also draws, paints, creates street art and makes toys, but his sculptures, carved figurines, and installations are the ones which caught my eye. I did some digging, and found out a little bit more about this amazing talent.

On his bio, it reads: "A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto's artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the urban culture of the West coast. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art."

Yoskay's work is usually made of either ceramic, cast resin, hand carved bass wood, or a combination of those materials. He keeps a blog and has a beautiful Instagram. Go check them out!

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