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.
|2014||Innocence Lost||Corey Helford Gallery, LA||Group|
|2014||Scrambled Eggs||Giant Robot, LA||Solo|
|2013||Book Signing and Panel Discussion with God Of War: Ascension Art Team||Otis College of Art and Design, LA||Group|
|2013||First Art Series||Hive Gallery, LA||Group|
|2013||Mural Project||Will Rodgers learning community, Santa Monica||Group|
|2013||Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ Publishing||Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, USA||Group|
|2013||IKIRU Book Signing||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2012||Pop Goes the Weasel||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2011||That Was Then, This Is Now.||111 Minna Gallery, SF||Group|
|2011||BlueCanvas Issue 8 Magazine Release Party - Downtown Artwalk||Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2011||Kitschen Sync Closing Party!||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2011||Water Works at GR2 - A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan||Giant Robot, LA||Group|
|2011||Everything But The Kitschen Synch XIV||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2010||Beyond Eden - Multi Gallery Event||Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)||Group|
|2010||Things to Come||Bold Hype Gallery, NY||Group|
|2010||An Unforeseen Homecoming||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2010||An Unforeseen Homecoming: Print Release & Signing||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2010||100 Artists See Satan Again: A Fundraiser||Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana||Group|
|2010||For The Birds||Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, CA||Group|
|2009||Beyond Eden New Contemporary Art Fair||Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)||Group|
|2009||Everything But The Kitschen Synch 12th annual juried group show||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2009||NOBODY WALKS IN LA||Masters Art Gallery, Barcelona||Group|
|2009||Hiding Out||Roq La Rue Gallery, SF||Solo|
|2008||The Gentleman’s Gang||Gallery 1988 L.A. & San Francisco||Group|
|2008||BSFA||DVA Gallery, Chicago (closed)||Group|
|2008||Way,Way South||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2007||Bright Ideas||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2007||Bright Ideas||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2006||Evolutions and Explosions||DVA Gallery, Chicago (closed)||Group|
|2006||Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artist||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2004||Dialogue, The Fine Art of Conversation||Pete & Susan Barrett Art Galler, Santa Monica||Group|
|2003||Everything but the Kitchen Sync Show||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|1999||Art & Issues||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|1997||Four Person Show||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|1995||Day Of The Dead||Korean Cultural Center, LA||Group|
|1994||Good Times Bad Times & Caffeine||La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|1994||Dances With A Line||Café Galler, Burlington City, NJ||Group|