Reception: Saturday, August 8 from 8pm to 11pm
Join artists Aaron Martin and Jesse R Yu (J★RYU) on an exploration of creatures from the animal kingdom and beyond. Inspired by the multitude of amazing fauna observed during their travels across the globe, Martin and Yu will be applying their signature styles and presenting their interpretations of these magical and majestic beasts that roam the world and their imaginations.
Both Los Angeles-based artists will be showcasing new artworks via paintings and three dimensional mediums.
About Angry Woebots
Aaron Martin was born on the island Oahu 1977, Hawaii. Most of his childhood was spent growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1999 a car accident changed everything; this life-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the rain and being indoors, he started playing around with different art mediums again. He then left back to Hawaii with a new perspective, Aaron had his first show in 2002 and has not stopped. He has showed in galleries up and down California, the east coast, and even in shows that have traveled from the U.S. to Hong Kong. His focal medium is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of stressed out emotional pandas. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle.
Jesse R. Yu, also known as J★RYU, is a Los Angeles-based sculptor focused on exploring the themes of life and death and more intriguingly, what lies beyond.
Yu’s works have been featured in galleries around the country and world, at events like Coachella Music Festival and Art Basel Miami. He is frequently an invited guest of conventions and events internationally where he conducts panels on art and business, as well as live sculpting showcases . Some of the events he has attended as a guest are Singapore Toy Gaming Comic Convention, Indonesia Toy Gaming Comic Convention, Shanghai Comic Con and New York Comic Con.
J★RYU has also been honored to work with companies such as a Kidrobot, Flabslab, Art Whino, Rotofugi, myplasticheart, Munky King, Topps and artists such as Angry Woebots, Luke Chueh, Jermaine Rogers, Nosego and more on collaborations and shows.
In 2012, J★RYU was nominated and won for the Best Toy Customizer category at the Designer Toy Awards, an annual celebration of accomplishments for the designer toy industry.
Yu primarily works in epoxy, polymer clay and resin as well frequent customizations on top of vinyl art collectibles.
Prior to his career in fine art, Yu spent 15 years in the corporate world as a designer working for clients such as Marvel, Sony, Columbia Pictures and more.
For more info, please visit www.JRYUART.com or keep up to date with his daily adventures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under username JRYUART.
Art Whino Gallery is located at 171 American Way, National Harbor, MD.