Nathan Ota - Ikiru
Nathan Ota has gained a following over the last twenty years for his prolific work as an illustrator, painter, and graffiti artist. The surrealist world he creates is one of streaked green skies, off-color hues, and dripping paint a world reliant on recurring figures such as a blind bird in a striped dunce hat, a gelatinous robot lost in the woods, and an egg sprouting up protruding tree branches. Dark and engaging, this is a world of struggle that continues to clash and commune within each new painting. Nathan Ota combines his early influences of vintage comic books, punk rock fliers, and his graffiti-obsessed high school years with formal training at the Art Center College of Design to create technically adept pieces with a pop culture aesthetic reminiscent of Tim Burton. Nathan Ota is a member of the Society of Illustrators and has created illustrations for The Los Angeles Times, Communication Arts, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Weekly and Capital Records.