Featured Artist: Yuki Toy

Hometown: Japan

Current town: Los Angeles

Job description: Drawer and Anatomy Art Professor

Bio: Yuki Toy was born and raised in Japan. She received her BFA in Printmaking in NY and MFA in Fine Art in Los Angeles.

Select links: http://www.yukitoy.com

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Humble

What are you working on/ describe your work.

— I have been working on color pencil drawings on raw canvas. They are portraits mostly. My art has a vintage feel, so this washed color on raw canvas works very well. I also explore the idea of culture. Because I left home young I have been training myself to be flexible and strong with different beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts in America.

What’s your art background / when did you begin really focusing on art?

— I lived in Ireland when I was 16. I started drawing with charcoal there. Actually, I drew many cartoons and created comic books in my class when I was 11, so I would say in elementary school.

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Pom

What’s been happening in your life/ what’s next for you?

—- I would like to do more art shows, be a great drawer and an art professor!

Describe your current state of mind / what’s inspiring you?

— I am inspired by an American culture in the 60s and 70s and hairy men.

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West

Is any of your work political?

— I do not think any of my art is political.

What is one of the biggest challenges you face as an artist?

— Teaching at university.

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Van Gogh’s Bath Time

Are you involved with any organizations/ do you collaborate with other artists?

— I am a member of LAAA( Los Angeles Art Association).

What are you listening to these days?

— I love Southern rock and The Presidents of the USA.

What are a few of your favorite spots in (the area in which you live)?

— Monument Valley and Death Valley have always been inspiring me a lot. They are my favorite American views.

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Fresh Chiken

Favorite artists and why/ people in your field whom you most admire:

— My favorite artist today is Neil Krug. He is a photographer and takes pictures that has a vintage feel to it. I am also a big fan of the artists such as Robert Crumb, John Waters and Trey Parker.

What are you reading?

— A book of Nessie and “Frog And Toad.” I think I would be very scared to see Nessie in person.

Favorite authors:

— My all time favorites are Charles Bukowski and Terry Southern. Also, a Japanese writer called Kiichiro Yanashita. He often writes about interesting sub cultures.

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Toy’s Meepin’ Chicken

What was the first piece of artwork you bought/ do you buy a lot of artwork?

— I like my walls simple and white.

Your website(s):

http://www.yukitoy.com

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