Exhibitions

Susumu Kamijo -Poodles Feb.16 – Mar.24, 2018

SUSUMU KAMIJO
“POODLES”
February 16th – March 24th, 2018

tortoise is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of pastel pencil and oil pastel on paper by artist Susumu Kamijo, showing from February 16 to March 24, at our new second location in Mar Vista. Celebrating the release of his book by the same name, Susumu’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, “Poodles”, is a joyful collection of pop- inspired canines created by Susumu in the year 2017, a significant year of exploration and labor for the featured artist. These whimsical subjects come to life in ten colorful mixed-media portraits reconstructing the poodle figure from abstract forms that boldly leap out of glowing landscapes. The book includes 46 color images, along with an intimate and playful interview between Susumu and Los Angeles art mainstay, Jonas Wood, who met as MFA students at the University of Washington in 2000. In conjunction the exhibition and book, both artists will be visiting the Mar Vista location on February 20th, when Susumo will be signing copies of ‘Poodle’ .

Susumu received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2002, preceded by a BFA at the University of Oregon. His works have previously been shown at Regina Rex, Place Gallery, Marvin Gardens, and the Third Policeman. He was born in 1975 in Nagano, Japan and currently lives and works in the company of two poodles in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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1. Lone Poodle by the Sea
pastel pencil and oil pastel
coventry cotton rag paper
2017
30 x 22 inches (33.75 x 26.25 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass )
SOLD OUT
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2. Hunting in the Desert
pastel pencil and oil pastel
coventry cotton rag paper
2017
30 x 22 inches (33.75 x 26.25 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass )
$4200 (including frame)
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3. Olga’s Poodle
pastel pencil and oil pastel
coventry cotton rag paper
2017
30 x 22 inches (33.75 x 26.25 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass )
SOLD OUT 
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4. Summer Picnic
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000 (including frame)SM10

5. Poodle in the Wind
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000 (including frame)SM09

6. Somewhere Upon the Hills
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
SOLD OUT 
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7. The Farmer’s Poodle
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000 (including frame)SM07

8. Greeting Poodle by the Sea
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000 (including frame)SM06

9. Running In The Breeze
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000 (including frame)SM05

10. Somewhere Sunny
pastel pencil and oil pastel
paper
2017
17 x 14 inches (20.75 x 17.75 inches incl. natural maple frame with museum glass)
$3000
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The joint book signing with Jonas Wood who  went to the same graduate school with Susumu and wrote the forward for Susumu’s book “Poodles” ($35) turned out so successful! Thank you, Jonas!

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