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Studio C Gallery presents the opening of A Donut Tail, a solo exhibition of abstract cartoons and comic taste paintings by Japan-based artist Tomoaki Shibata. The solo exhibition will be open to the public from June 25 to July 10, 2016, a span of two weeks. It will be located at 2349 So. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058.

This will be the gallery’s first Japanese male artist exhibition, since the gallery’s opening in 2013. To mark this great milestone for both Shibata and Studio C Gallery, there will be an opening reception on the first day of the exhibition, Saturday, June 25th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

“For me, expressing my emotions is done through drawing and painting. It helps me to show my true inner feelings and to be myself. This is why I never stopped painting and will never stop,” said Tomoaki Shibata.

A Donut Tail will feature a selection of collective paintings in which Shibata employs his Japanese paintings’ skills and artistic intelligence of Japanese cartoon-like taste. Shibata gets his inspiration from ordinary phenomenon, especially through the things he sees in his daily life. He obtains his creativity from all aspects of his life; especially the people. For example, the piece of the black pug and Russian blue mix cat are based on Shibata’s family. In addition, individuals who appear in his paintings are also real encounters that he’s had. His experimental composition is part of the painting process that Shibata uses in expressing his work.

Tomoaki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1981, and his journey as an artist began when he was just five years old. Drawing and painting was and still is an important communication tool for him to express his feelings to others. Not only did he create traditional pieces of art, he also works with both abstract and cartoon taste painting.

He graduated one of the most prestigious art universities, Musashino Art University, in Tokyo, Japan with a major in Japanese Painting (Nihonga). In 2014, he received a grant award for his mural at the Memorial Park, a tribute for a 2007 Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake in Kashiwazaki-city, Niigata, Japan. He currently resides in Los Angeles honored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan and is actively participating in several group exhibition in the Los Angeles region. Unlike Japan, he is amazed by the complex with mixed diversity in Los Angeles. His current focus is to seek new inspirations through the Los Angeles art scene and Chicano Art is one of his goals to achieve while living in Los Angeles.

Early 2017, Shibata is planning to go back to Japan and continue drawing and painting.

“Diversity that I see in LA has become my motivation to go and explore a side of my experimental art where I capture cutting edge moments outside of my personal reality. The content of my artistic experiment comes from my cultural background and the life I am living day by day. My true identity is to be a man solely focused on painting,” said Shibata.

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