A Night for Amano: Yoshitaka Amano’s “Deva Loka” at LeBasse Projects

Yoshitaka Amano is a name quite often associated with Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D; but before that, there was Gatchaman and Casshern. The series of glittery space-age paintings from his “Deva Loka” series seems to have a resounding display of this era in his life. With nearly ceiling-high paintings of Gatchaman characters, a newer series titled “Candy Girls”, and “Sisters”, this event showcased much of Amano’s 1960 – 1970s  style of artwork.

Saturday evening’s opening reception had a wonderful turnout of art lovers, collectors, Amano-fanatics, and stunning cosplayers. LeBasse Projects was in full swing as the multifaceted crowd wandered through its space in awe of Yoshitaka Amano’s “Deva Loka” series.

Cosplayers gathering at Amano's "Deva Loka" show. Costumers portrayed Deva Loka characters, Gatchaman, and Amano's popular Final Fantasy illustrations.

For those unfamiliar with the term “cosplay”, it derives from the Japanese term which is a mixture of the words “costume” and “play.” To most English-speakers, the term is used to define costumed fans of anime, comics/manga, or video games.

Beau Basse of LeBasse Projects, photo by Shannon Cottrell of LAWEEKLY

The artwork itself was a brightly colored. All of Amano’s paintings were composed of mixed media, including what seems to be glitter. The sizes range from 20 inch squares to epic wall-encompassing panels.

These pieces were definitely a far step from the more well-known Amano sketches and water color illustrations that are often associated with his work on Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. His choice of using flat characters and bright colors is undoubtedly best at use in his “Hero” series featuring Gatchaman characters.

Hero L1, 80" x 40", mixed media

Candy Girls MK.II-3, 20"x20", Mixed Media

We also conducted a cosplay contest for attendees who dressed up for the event in Amano related artwork. We’re proud to announce that the winner was Wilson, in his Amano-rendering of Sabin from Final Fantasy III (FFVI, in Japan).

Wilson and his two friends celebrate his victory.

Though Amano’s work is the larger portion of the exhibit at LeBasse Projects, the opening reception also included incredible sculptures from Yoskay Yamamoto’s “Tell Me A Story” series.  Better known for his paintings, Yoskay’s growing stylistic sculptures are hauntingly eerie with a touch of whimsy. This display channeled the spirit of an enclosed surrealist rainstorm.

Yoskay Yamamoto "Tell Me A Story", mixed media, 100 pieces total. From Yoskay.com

Yoskay’s exhibit was enclosed in the gallery’s projection room, and along the outer wall was a light wood panel with a dozen resin-cast head sculptures by Yoskay. Among the white heads was a singular black head resembling the iconic Astro Boy.

An Astro Boy-styled head by Yoskay. Photo by Shannon Cottrell of LA WEEKLY

Lastly, we would love to thank everyone who attended and made this evening a success. This show runs until March 13, 2010 at LeBasse Projects. Please make sure to check it out before it disappears!
For more pictures and coverage of this event we would also like to thank the following people:

Asian School Boy.com

And a huge thank you to all of the people who showed up in costume! Everyone looked wonderful and truly inspired.

For more photos of everyone and everything at the event, please check our Flicker set here!


2 thoughts on “A Night for Amano: Yoshitaka Amano’s “Deva Loka” at LeBasse Projects

  1. I’ve never seen his stuff done in this style before, I love it all. The Candy Girls series has peaked my interest the most. I love Amano’s art so much, I have the Neil Gaiman book The Dream Hunters that he illustrated and I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

    • yea, i think it’s very much a homage to his early animation styles while working on Speed Racer, Casshern, and Gatchaman. In real life however the paintings are epically glittery! i loved the Candy Girls MK III. super cute.

      ❤ BPunch (Yume)

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