Nathan Ota/

Illustration

Nathan Ota
Male
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Nathan Ota is an artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Since his early days as one of the early mem­bers of West Coast Artists, the seminal west coast graffiti crew, his art has traveled beyond the streets and on to the editorial pages of national publications and have been shown in galleries around the world.

Nathan Ota was in the Art Center College of Design and now he’s teaching in the Santa Monica College since 1999. He is very influenced by cartoons from television, comic books and the Punk-rock flyers. Ota’s has worked as illustrator for many famous newspapers like Los Angeles Times, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Ever since Ota can remember, he has always found himself drawing over doing my homework. Nathan’s early influences came from cartoons on television, comic books, photographs and Punk-rock flyers.

Nathan  says “ I can still remember sneaking into my older brother’s room and raiding his ,”Vamperella” comics and trying to copy or trace all the covers I could get my hands on. Classical art never really interested me at that time so I turned to what really spoke to me with artists such as, Robert Williams, Olivia, Puss Head and Raymond Pettibon. “ Traditional art never came into the picture till Nathan started high school but it still didn’t speak to him.

Nathan always found himself gravitating toward popular culture and at that time it was graffiti. Nathan was completely hooked!  he loved everything about it, the clicking of the ball in the can when shook, the sound of the constant flow of the paint, the scraping of the can against the wall when drawing, the colors, the scale, the friendships and the complete feeling of freedom.

Till this day, whenever Nathan smell spray paint in the air, it brings back good times.  Nathan still dabbled a little in graffiti once he entered the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California but a whole new world of art was opening his eyes with Illustration. Nathan never knew what he wanted to do when he entered college and kind of left it in the hands of the instructors to lead him in whatever direction Nathan was going.  It was a bit frustrating at first but soon after, Nathan started to get it and knew that he was going to be an Illustrator.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Innocence LostCorey Helford Gallery, LAGroup
2014Scrambled EggsGiant Robot, LASolo
2013Book Signing and Panel Discussion with God Of War: Ascension Art TeamOtis College of Art and Design, LAGroup
2013First Art SeriesHive Gallery, LAGroup
2013Mural ProjectWill Rodgers learning community, Santa Monica Group
2013Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ PublishingOfframp Gallery, Pasadena, USAGroup
2013IKIRU Book SigningLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Pop Goes the WeaselLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011That Was Then, This Is Now.111 Minna Gallery, SFGroup
2011BlueCanvas Issue 8 Magazine Release Party - Downtown ArtwalkSpring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Kitschen Sync Closing Party!La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Water Works at GR2 - A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in JapanGiant Robot, LAGroup
2011Everything But The Kitschen Synch XIVLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Beyond Eden - Multi Gallery EventLos Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)Group
2010Things to ComeBold Hype Gallery, NYGroup
2010An Unforeseen HomecomingLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010An Unforeseen Homecoming: Print Release & SigningLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010100 Artists See Satan Again: A FundraiserCal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, Santa AnaGroup
2010For The BirdsEclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, CA Group
2009Beyond Eden New Contemporary Art FairLos Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)Group
2009Everything But The Kitschen Synch 12th annual juried group showLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009NOBODY WALKS IN LAMasters Art Gallery, BarcelonaGroup
2009Hiding OutRoq La Rue Gallery, SFSolo
2008The Gentleman’s GangGallery 1988 L.A. & San FranciscoGroup
2008BSFADVA Gallery, Chicago (closed)Group
2008Way,Way SouthLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Bright IdeasLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007Bright IdeasLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Evolutions and ExplosionsDVA Gallery, Chicago (closed)Group
2006Uncommercial Art by Commercial ArtistLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Dialogue, The Fine Art of ConversationPete & Susan Barrett Art Galler, Santa MonicaGroup
2003Everything but the Kitchen Sync ShowLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1999Art & IssuesLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Four Person ShowLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1995Day Of The DeadKorean Cultural Center, LAGroup
1994Good Times Bad Times & CaffeineLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1994Dances With A LineCafé Galler, Burlington City, NJGroup