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Worshipping the Gods!

February 1st, 2008


We did a little piece for our friend Martin Ontiveros! This is his awesome character, Ojo Rojo. His show “Rock and Roll Fantasy“opens on Feb 1st @ Grasshut here in Portland. Martin is a god.

APAk Commissions

January 17th, 2008

Happy New Year, everyone! We wish you healthy and peaceful 2008.
We’re very excited about our upcoming shows this year. We’ll have a small solo show at Outre Gallery in Australia in March. A big solo show at Giant Robot New York in May. A group show at GrassHut in Portland in August. A group show at Junc Gallery in LA in the Fall. A solo show at Schmancy in Seattle in Dec. And we’ll be in small group shows here and there throughout the year, so please check our blog when you can. Oh don’t forget to check out Ayumi’s new Gocco greeting cards coming up this Spring at our Etsy, too!

Today we’d like share some of the commission pieces we’ve done in the Fall and Winter 2007. We also like to thank our fabulous fans who gave us the opportunity to create those fun pieces!

This is our first tattoo design for Diana in LA. The two owls represent her and her twin sister.
Can’t wait to see the actual tattoo on you, Diana!

This piece was created to match with “Sanctuary” piece which Caroline purchased from our show at GRSF in April 2007. The flute player represent herself as a musician. Thanks Caroline for lending both paintings for GR50th exhibit at Japanese-American Museum.

This piece was commissioned by Marion in Ireland. She loves Happy Hermits and cupcakes! Hope it makes Marion smile and give her good energy every time she looks at it.

This piece was commissioned by Celena in LA and has a very personal touch of her Maltese, Suni who recently passed away. Hope this painting reminds Celena that Suni is in her favorite cupcake land every time she looks at the painting.

This painting was commissioned by Cheryl in Canada. We misread her request and created a painting with Future People instead of Happy Hermits… but she is kind enough that she decided to keep it. Thank you for being so supportive, Cheryl!

Calendorks @ Grasshut in Portland!

December 2nd, 2007

Join us Dec 7th (1st Friday) 6-9pm at Grasshut!
Apak, Evan Harris, Cho-Chan, Mark Todd, Amy Ruppel, Matthew Feyld, Luke Ramsey, Bwana, Scrappers, Martin and more…
After the Dec 7th you’ll be ale to buy the Calendork online.

GrassHut All Stars group show in Chicago

November 30th, 2007



Bwana Spoons, Scrappers, Martin Ontiveros, Cupco, Le Merde, and APAK are all showing at DVA Gallery in Chicago. The opening party starts at 7-11pm on Dec. 1st. If you’re in Chicago, please stop by and cheer Bwana and Le Merde who are representing All Stars! If you can’t make it, here is the link to a virtual gallery… We did 3 pieces of gouache paintings on paper wrapped around a chunk of wood. They are done in a new style and we really enjoyed working on them. We’d love to hear what everyone thinks. Also some of Ayumi’s paintings are shown, too. Thanks for your support as always!

The Giant Robot Biennale at JANM!

November 6th, 2007


We had a lot of fun in LA! The people were nice, the art was amazing, the food was yummy, and we feel lucky to have been a part of it! Check out Eric’s Blog about the show>>
And more pics here>>
Featured on Fecal Face>>

The Seasons!

October 30th, 2007





We just finished a new series of paintings in honor of the changing seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…. If your in LA November 3 – January 13 stop by the Japanese-American National Museum to see them in person. Enjoy!

Giant Robot Biennale!! Nov.3-Jan.13

October 4th, 2007

We’re invited to be a part of Giant Robot Biennale 50 issues Art Exhibit at Japanese-American National Museum in LA . We’ll be showing about 20-30 paintings and sculptures from previous shows lent to us from our generous fans and friends plus a few new works as well. If your in LA Nov 3rd – Jan 13th please stop by. Hope to see you at the opening reception from 6-10pm on Nov. 3rd. It’s going to be really fun!

“The Biennale’s works will range from Pryor Praczukowski’s cinematic photography to David Choe’s graffiti-like murals. The pieces in between include panels by leading indie-comics artist Adrian Tomine and the pop culture inspired works of Seonna Hong, Gary Baseman, APAK, Souther Salazar, and Saelee Oh. Sashie Masakatsu’s oil paintings reflect the nostalgia of pop culture-influenced youth while Eishi Takaoka’s sculptures can dominate a room with their meditative presence.”

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We want to thank some of the owners of our original paintings for lending their pieces for this exhibition. Thank you very much for your help and support!

-Apak ( ._. )( ._. )

APAK kids

September 17th, 2007


This is probably the first time to write about our personal life here… Here is the picture of our kids, Ocho and Peanut. Check out Ocho playing a piano on Youtube.
Peanut is not quite ready to play his part, but he will soon…

Commission piece for Carla

September 17th, 2007

We did a hedgehog family painting for Carla in San Francisco. Thanks, Carla! Hope you enjoy it for a long time…

p.s. Thanks for many requests for commission work. We have many people waiting on our list and need to catch up now! We probably can’t take any more until year 2009, but we’ll let you know when we’re ready for more. Thank you for your interest…

Snack Isle @ Giant Robot New York

September 7th, 2007

We have 2 pieces for this awesome group show “Snack Isle” at Giant Robot NY!

Book of Dreams

September 7th, 2007


We illustrated a dream by Brenda, a girl from Mexico for a book of kids dreams collected by Roger Omar. What a sweet dream it is!

WHEN I WAS A MINIATURE
A witch put a spell on me saying “You will turn into a miniature for a year, but you will get back to normal if someone falls in love with you. If during that year nobody loves you, you will stay as a miniature forever”. The next days I was a tiny miniature. I lived hard experiences: I almost got crushed or caught. I didn´t know where to sleep and a very nice ant invited me to sleep at the anthill, fed me and said to me “You are very pretty”. The ant confessed to be in love with me. I said “I am a human being that a witch turned into a miniature, and I will get back to normal when someone falls in love with me. That is the reason that I am tiny and pretty”. Then I got back to normal. When I woke up I said “I will take care of the ants”.

Ayumi’s Show @ Grasshut! Opens Aug. 3rd 2007

July 29th, 2007



I made 20 new paintings for my own solo show!
Opens August 3rd 2007, 6-9pm (runs all month)

Grass Hut Gallery
811 e. Burnside
Portland, Oregon
97214
(503) 445-9924

Statement: The one thing I try not to forget before doing the laundry is checking my husband Aaron’s pockets. All his pockets are always filled with many little things… all types of twigs, rocks, plants, old screws, nuts, balls of fuzz, receipts, post-it notes, coins, dirt, broken piece of plastic, small metal parts, candy wrappers, toys, stickers, business cards, flyers…etc. In contrast, my pockets are usually empty and I feel sort of envious of his collection. But I do have a secret pocket that I keep non-objects, my imagination. I hide the secret pocket around my belly to keep it quite safe. This is where my soul curls up and takes a nap to dream. In this show you get a chance to peak at the world of my secret pocket. I hope you enjoy it!