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Yoshitaka Amano Event in LA Next Week

Man, I wish I could go. I didn't get to attend Amano's in-person event in SF.

For those of you who didn't get to catch artist Yoshitaka Amano's Deva Loka exhibit in San Francisco back when the New People center opened in Japantown, good news! Well, if you're in LA: the LeBasse Projects art gallery in Culver City is hosting "Deva Loka: Los Angeles" from February 20th to March 20th this year, and Amano himself will appear at the opening reception on the 20th.

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I'm sure I need hardly introduce Amano to you, but just in case: geeks probably know him best for his character designs in the Final Fantasy series of games, and sci-fi/fantasy fans also love his illustrations in Vampire Hunter D. More casual anime fans may have seen his work in Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Dream Hunters.

If you'd like a sneak peek at the exhibit, I've got some video footage from the New People Center opening day that includes it (the exhibit starts about 20 seconds in). There are some gorgeous pieces in there, highly stylized, and fans of older-school anime will particularly appreciate some of it, I think. (Note: it was shot on the handcam sans tripod, and it's sped up, so sorry about the jitters! I swear I wasn't tweaking.)     
  
 
  
  
What do you think? I bet this style of Amano isn't what everyone wants to hang on the walls, but man, there were a couple of pieces in there I'd LOVE to have.
GodLen staff on Feb. 14, 2010 at 6:29 p.m.
man i love his art work, i need to but some... someday...
giaon Feb. 14, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.
@GodLen: Someday we'll have that kind of money. SOMEDAY our readers will pay for our ridiculous need for expensive art!
Galamothon Feb. 14, 2010 at 9:54 p.m.
I hate everything except the black & red tiger sculptures.
lanaswifton Feb. 14, 2010 at 9:55 p.m.
@Galamoth:
Harsh. But those sculptures are awesome.
John_Martoneon Feb. 15, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.
Oh hey, never saw the video before. 
 
@Galamoth said:
" I hate everything except the black & red tiger sculptures. "
Those suckers are 20,000 dollars, no joke. (I was at the gallery yesterday)
 
Only a couple of those pieces are still on display btw.

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