18 Mar Yosueke Ueno’s Hapiko Reborn in Bronze Statue
On March 7, Toy Art Gallery was very proud to present their first bronze sculpture, “Hapiko” by Yosuke Ueno.
Hapiko, as described by Yosuke, is a Lucky God, common in Japanese folklore since ancient times. She is a quintessential Yosuke Ueno character, a smooth, innocent figure, nose-less and without eyebrows. She is often featured in Yosuke’s paintings and represents happiness.
Born in Japan, Yosuke Ueno has been creating and drawing original characters since early childhood. He is a self-taught painter who had his first solo show in 1994 in Yamaguchi when he was just sixteen. Yosuke also paints under the name Spaceegg77, and shows works in Asia, the U.S, and Europe while living in Tokyo.
Yosuke is known as a specialist of symbolism and innocence. Red, green, yellow, and blue often appear in his works. He uses these colors to represent the four bases of DNA: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, that is, A, T, G and C-molecular elements that all animate beings share. Yosuke paints these colors and A, T, G and C with a message that all animate beings should have equal worth. The theme of Yosuke Ueno’s art is “Love, Space and Positive Energy.”