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Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibition at JANM by Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: October 8, 2014

Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary by exploring her colorful history and influence on art and culture in the first-ever exhibition of its kind. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty combines a retrospective product-based, historical and sociological examination of the Hello Kitty phenomenon with an art exhibition emphasizing her influence on contemporary art.

Opening October 11th and on view through April 26th, 2015, Hello! will explore the evolution of Hello Kitty through a display of rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives. Also, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions will be offered during the run of the exhibition. Visit www.janm.org/exhibits/hellokitty to learn more!”

Tickets on sale now here

 

Honored to have participated in Hello Kitty’s 35th and Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary Exhibitions in 2009 and 2010.

 

Once Upon A Kitty Wedding by Martin Hsu

24″ x 48″ acrylic and cel vinyl on wood, 2009

Sanrio’s 50th Family Vacation by Martin Hsu

36″ x 48″ acrylic and cel vinyl on wood, 2010

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Now more than ecstatic to be one of 40 artists creating original artwork in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum.

 

 

For Hello Kitty’s 40th, I hiked up a glorious golden mountain seeking a transcending experience…

 

 

On a quest to explore beauty in subtlety…

 

 

Where I stumbled upon fields of romantic peony flowers…

 

 

And greeted by a happy couple that walked among the clouds…

 

 

They spoke of unspoken messages where all love is left unsaid, but understood…

 

I became a believer

 

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Hello Kitty Transcendence

24″ x 36″ acrylic and cel vinyl on wood

Martin Hsu, 2014

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Japanese American National Museum

October 11th, 2014 – April 26th, 2015

All inquiries please email hellokittyart@japanla.com

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Become a believer in Kawaii…

 

and take a stroll in the Hello Kitty Dreamscape at JANM with me

 

Click above image for WIP sneak preview video by Bearo

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Hello! is curated by Christine Yano, PhD, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA.

Contributing artists include Kozyndan, Audrey Kawasaki, Gary Baseman, Junko Mizuno, Paul Frank, and many more. See all 40 artists here.

 

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Kidrobot SF Dragon Dog Blacky Vinyl Figure Signing by Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: September 12, 2014

CHOW CHOW ~ CHOW!

Signing & Release Dragon Dog Blacky at Kidrobot San Francisco!

When: Saturday, 9/20 from 6-8pm

Release: Blacky OG and Blue color variants

FREE exclusive Blacky print with purchase!

See you there!

REJOICE! Dragon Dog Blacky is now available online!

I feel tremendously blessed to be able to design and produce my best buddy for 13.5 years into a figure to bring joy into other people’s lives.

Blacky was a massive black chow chow who could’ve easily been mistaken for a bear. Despite his furry presence, Blacky was the most loving pup with slobber to match.

After Blacky became a Dragon Dog, I made a series of intimate comics titled Blackie in celebration of his majestic life. Circa 2005, they were based on actual events including this one-

The making of Dragon Dog Blacky, the vinyl figure has been exciting and emotional. Wanted to make sure his exuberance and craving for happiness comes through. Weeks later, we had a prototype that was eager to greet the world!

And months later, the little Dragon Dog with purple tongue and golden antlers was ready to fly off to new homes!

As the perfect travel companion, Blacky was especially photogenic with good food!

Dragon Dog Blacky
4″ designer vinyl figure
$25

Exclusive Release: Friday 9/12 at NOON PST in my Shop

Click here to get your own Blacky!

Personally, Blacky represents that special animal friend who will always be a part of us.

I hope he makes you smile! Look out for slobber!

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In Dreams 夢遊, Solo Exhibition by Martin Hsu, Wrong Gallery Taipei, Taiwan 8/9/14

By Martin | Published: August 6, 2014

In dreams, where remembrance blooms and nostalgia thrives.

 In dreams, where memories are relived and folktales are retold.

 In Dreams, a new series of original paintings which leads us down a narrative path

through familiar folktales and nostalgic peonyscapes.

A reminder of precious moments once upon simple times with good food and company.

 In Dreams, a glorification of folk leisure and a celebration of life as we know it.

In Dreams 夢遊, new works by Martin Hsu

August 9th – September 2nd, 2014

Wrong Gallery Taipei, Taiwan

All inquiries please email info@martinhsu.com

Wonderland 夢遊記

48″ x 20″ triptych

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (white)

$5000

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Little Red 女兒紅

40″ x 16″ diptych

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (dark brown)

$4000

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Good Look 好衣

12″ x 9″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$800

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Good Place 好住

9″ x 12″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$800

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Good Ride 好行

9″ x 12″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$800

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Good Food 好食

12″ x 9″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$800 *sold

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Seven Dwarfs 喝的足

20″ x 20″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$2000 *sold

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Three Pigs 吃的好

20″ x 20″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$2000 *sold

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Three Bears 吃的飽

20″ x 20″

acrylic on wood

custom wooden floating frame (black)

$2000 *sold

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San Diego Comic Con SDCC 2014 Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: July 21, 2014

See you there!

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Mobile Library Book Bus in Mongolia with Dragon Boy by Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: May 22, 2014

Honored and excited to be designing the exterior of the first ever Mobile Library in Mongolia!

Huge thanks to the fine folks from GOHELP.org.uk and CharityRallies.org for reaching out and entrusting this magical task in Dragon Boy and I!

MOBILE LIBRARY PROJECT

Go Help UK Charity’s Representative Office in Mongolia

“This mobile library project will aim to create opportunities that will provide educational training and promote a lifelong love of reading and literacy in underserved areas that will empower children and families with life-long learning.

Thought might be fun to create not only decorative elements for the bus, but narrative as well. So a family of Mongolian horses was born with Dragon Boy as an ambassador for big dreams and smiles!

Our Objectives:

1. Impart a love of reading to children

2. Provide library and internet services to villages and city suburbs that have no library buildings

3. Enrich the learning experience for children in need

4. Reach out groups of those who have difficulty accessing libraries, e.g., occupants of

retirement homes, homebound people without anyone to go to the library for them

I think Dragon Dog is ready!

More updates soon! Stay tuned!

- Martin

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Martin Hsu at Emerald City Comic Con 2014 in Seattle!

By Martin | Published: March 24, 2014

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Dragon Boy “Noir Amour” Designer Vinyl Figure by Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: January 28, 2014

Dragon Boy Noir Amour color edition for the upcoming season of love…

Please email info@martinhsu.com for exclusive online release info

 

 

Dragon Boy Noir Amour Signing + Release Party:

February 8th, 2014 from 2 – 5 pm in Taipei, Taiwan

Click here for official Facebook invite

 

Feel the love ^_^

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Happy Year of the Horse from Dragon Boy and Martin Hsu!

By Martin | Published: January 27, 2014

A very happy Lunar New Year from Dragon Boy, Blacky, and Martin!

Please feel free to grab the e-card below and share with your loved ones!

Join the Word of Dragon Boy on Facebook!

Horse Folk

11″ x 14″ / acrylic on wood / Giant Robot Gallery / Year of Horse Show

All inquiries email eric@giantrobot.com

Wild at Heart

11″ x 14″ / acrylic on wood / Wrong Gallery / Year of Horse show

All inquiries email ginger@wrongmuseum.com

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Miya-san, Hayao Miyazaki Figure by Martin Hsu and Bigshot Toyworks

By Martin | Published: January 5, 2014

Hiya, Miya-san!

*Update 9/03/2014*

Collect & Give > Miya-san Tribute Figure Available & Shipping Now!

^_^

photos by Windy and Dolly

*Update 3/26/2014*

Army of Inspiration!

Got these great production pictures of the figure. Had the opportunity to design the box. Came out lovely!

“Morning Strolls”, new series of original artwork inspired by Miyazaki-sensei and his friends. Set of 10.

Big thanks to those who emailed info@martinhsu.com for the preview!

*Update 1/27/2014*

Had an incredible time catching up with my buddy Jay in Tokyo yesterday about volunteer work in Japan and the slow recovery process in areas which were hit by the tsunami.

As some of you may know, sales from the Miya-san 6″ tribute figure will be donated to *K-M, a community organization founded by local youth and foreigners in the town of Karakuwa in Kesennuma City. K-M’s goal is to rebuild their community with emphasis on involving local kids and adults. By giving tours of the town regularly by volunteers, local resources such as fishing and farming are once again recognized, and so is hope.

My pal Jay’s involvement with K-M is primarily inspired by art. In the last year and a half, he has hosted art camps and community projects to introduce some color back into people’s lives. We are proud to have designed and produced Miya-san for such an inspiring cause. More updates to come as art programs from the proceeds solidify.

Big thanks to everyone who have supported our small effort so far. 

- Martin

A special tribute to a mentor in art and life

Miya-san Official Press Release:

Celebrating the joy that Miyazaki-sensei has brought into our lives, Martin Hsu has teamed up with Bigshot Toyworks to create and produce a limited run of Miya-San figures.

 

Pre-order Info:

When: January 21st at 2PM EST to January 31st Midnight

Specs: 6″ resin / Limited Ed. of 300 / packed in gift box

Price: $95

Proceeds: Sales of the Miya-san tribute figures will be donated to “*K-M“, a community building organization that was founded by local youth and foreigners in the town of Karakuwa in Kesennuma City, Japan. With the goal of rebuilding their community after the 311 tsunami disaster. K-M is actively getting local kids and adults involved in promoting thought on the future.

*K-M: abbreviated per organization’s request

Ship Date: projected for April 2014

How to Order: Click this link to preorder Miya-san on Jan 21st at 2PM EST!

 

 

For the interim, inquiries may directed to:

info@martinhsu.com 

 Long Live Ghilbi!

And here are some of my Miya-san retirement rendezvous fantasies! ^_^

Jon the Miyazaki Club on Facebook!

Click images below for Miyazaki Club tees for gents and ladies!

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Happy Moon Festival Dragon Boy E-card by Martin Hsu

By Martin | Published: September 19, 2013

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