From the streets of Southern California to gallery walls across the country, Nathan Ota has proven up to the task. So adept with a brush, he has even taken to the classroom, teaching some fresh faces in the genre how to find their own style. His vividly colored and expertly detailed paintings have begun to raise eyebrows among collectors and gallery directors alike, with fast-selling pieces exhibited in La Luz de Jesus, Gallery 1988, and Billy Shire Fine Arts, among others. His upcoming show, “Way, Way South”, finds Nathan diving headlong back into his fluorescent and funky world, where trees come to life and the dunce cap transcends a mere fashion statement and is a way of life.

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More so than previous shows, the artist decided to pull back the curtains with some fairly large works, enabling the viewer to jump in and get lost for a while in his richly imagined narrative. A collaborative painting with friend and fellow artist, Bob Dob, and a few crisp drawings and one-off mono prints nicely rounds out the show. With clean lines and bold colors, this body of work is sure to impress. The exhibit opens Friday, October 3rd and runs through Halloween at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles, CA.

Check out the show in it’s entirety at the publicly available preview here
Discuss show here.