Famous is proud to present: Tamura Yoshiyasu


Famous is proud to present, and glad to introduce you to Famous’ newest artist: the Japanese artist Tamura Yoshiyasu. Tamura Yoshiyasu (1977) is an artist from Tokyo. In 1997, he made a debut as a professional Manga artist in Jump Magazine by Shueisha Company in Tokyo. In 2000, he graduated from the Fine Arts Faculty of Education in Gunma University.

A mix of classic Japanese paintings with modern Manga characters best characterizes Yoshiyasu’s work. Often, he draws inspiration from Japanese old novels, like the story of prince Genji. This novel is probably the first novel ever written.
He often works with gold leaf mixed with sumi (Japanese high quality artist ink) and acrylic on canvas. This gives his works a very rich feeling, while also being colourful and playful. Often, he uses satirical or funny elements in his works. Mixing these elements with traditional Japanese forms and rituals, like costumes like the kimono, typical Japanese landscapes and characters, he creates an exquisite and original new feeling to Japanese works. His works give a new meaning to Japanese modern art, and are a testimony of the talent of Japan’s modern art scene.

Famous is happy to announce that we’ve acquired two amazing paintings by Tamura Yoshiyasu, including Hummingbird, an acrylic and gold leaf painting of a Japanese girl in a kimono, with her hair turning into a Japanese bright pink flower with a colourful hummingbird and Eve, a painting of a Japanese girl seen behind ivy, portrayed as Eve. It is a very colourful and luxurious painting, with the bright colors on the golden background. These works will soon be on auction, but you can also make an appointment to step by the gallery to come check them out.

Laser 3.14 has solo-show at Famous at 8.3.14!


We’re kicking off 2014 with a great prospect, the prospect of a new show at Famous! The show will be a solo-show by the Dutch graffiti artist/poet Laser 3.14 and will open at the 1st of March 2014 (8.3.14), simultaneously with the new Miles Aldridge show at Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam.

Laser 3.14’s passion for graffiti began as a kid in the early 80’s. He was greatly inspired by early Amsterdam writers like Ego, Dr Smurry, Dragon, Collodi and Tarantula. In 1984 he attended graphic school in Amsterdam. Around the early 1990′s, he began sketching and producing comics, illustrating, and writing poetry. Experimenting in this manner led him to showcasing much of what was produced. Towards the end of the 90’s he ran into an artistic impasse and felt the need to reignite a creative spark he felt had been lost. As a result, he went back to his roots: graffiti writing. At this point, he began to utilize the city as his canvas, and turned his poetry into street art.

The graffiti artist Laser 3.14 is an anonymous artist. He is an Amsterdam-based phenomenon, famous for his poetic texts all over Amsterdam. Love him or hate him, but you cannot deny him: his texts are all over the city. As he says, “The city is my canvas right now!”

We’re hoping to see you all there at 8.3.14 - not to miss!

George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama for W Magazine


W Magazine quite unexpectedly put actor George Clooney on the cover for their December 2013 Art Issue. No one less than Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for her iconic polkadots, was in charge of the art direction. The polkadot is a motif that was recently echoed through her collaborative endeavor with fashion house Louis Vuitton. Kusama has both created the set, as well as the customized suit Clooney is wearing on the cover. Australian photographer Emma Summerton was the chosen one for the photography, and according to us, she does a great job. The black and white photographs form a powerful and strong combination with Kusama’s iconic dots.

Clooney talks about his upcoming film The Monuments Men in the issue, playing the “the leader of a special platoon of museum directors, curators, and art historians who join forces to rescue the art that Adolf Hitler stole during World War II.” Based on actual events, the story is based on Robert M. Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name.

If you ask us, this collaboration between George Clooney and one of our favorite artists Yayoi Kusama is working for us! Check out Famous Auction House for works by Yayoi Kusama, for example this cute polka-dotted yellow pumpkin. 

It's Karel Appel Week At Famous Auction House!


This week, we’re having a special Karel Appel auction. It is the largest Karel Appel auction at Famous Auction House so far. A lot of new works are added to the collection.

Karel Appel, who doesn’t know him? Karel Appel is one of the greatest and most groundbreaking Dutch artists of all times. Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor and poet from Amsterdam. He worked and lived in Zürich, Switzerland. Appel was one of the main artists and founders of the CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) movement in 1948, together with Corneille, Constant, Jan Nieuwenhuys and Christian Dotremont. His work was expressive and raw, and in the early days even seen as controversial, due to his wild and colorful painting style for which he often used bright colors like yellow, blue, green and even pink, and his use of all kinds of used materials in sculptural works (assemblage).

This raw, expressive style wasn’t always appreciated, and it took a long time before Appel was appreciated in the Dutch art world. However, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam decided to commission a mural by Karel Appel, but this caused a riot. After a protest of officials, the mural was covered with wallpaper. The officials said the mural was cruel, violent and barbaric. Now, we cannot even imagine that Appel’s work was once not so well received.

A lot of different works by Karel Appel are on auction at Famous Auction House from today on; ceramic plates, graphic, prints and paintings. The auction lasts until the 7th of December. Make sure to check it out. Happy bidding!

Opening Robert Yarber at Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam


Saturday December 7th, it is time for the opening of the show ‘Panic Pending’ by Robert Yarber at Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam. The show consists of Yarber’s new works on paper. When not painting and drawing, Yarber performs with his noise band, Captain Bob and the Psychopomps.

Born in 1948, Robert Yarber has exhibited internationally since the early 80′s, having achieved recognition through his inclusion in the 1984 Venice Biennale, and the 1985 Whitney Biannual In 1989 Yarber was included in the “Horn of Plenty” exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In addition to being represented by Alex Daniels in Amsterdam, Yarber is represented and shown by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, where he has had a number of exhibits since 1985.

The Texan artist is renowned for his dizzying large-scale paintings of figures flying in the night sky above glittering megacities. His extraordinary hallucinatory style has been credited as the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s movie ’Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and has earned him global acclaim. Combining the influence of ancient pre-Columbian cultures and Mexican art with modern-day schlock horror and comic-strip grotesque, Yarber’s work, at once disturbing and comedic, trashy and mythical, embodies an eternal contemporaneity.

Recently, Yarber has turned to drawing, a medium which, as he puts it “carries less baggage than painting, and offers a strong immediacy”. Galerie Alex Daniels is delighted to present a collection of 20 of his dazzling works on paper, executed in pastel, colour pencil and coloured ink.

The opening of ‘Panic Pending’ is from 5-7 pm at Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam. The artist will be present, so this is a great opportunity to get your books or works signed. A new book of Robert Yarber’s work and an introduction by Herbert Marks will be published by Reflex Editions and launched at the opening. You are all cordially invited to come take a look at these amazing works. See you there on the 7th!

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