Joel Nakamura : Tako Niwa Exhibit

Shelter (L) : Jelly Squid (R)

“Tako Niwa” (Octopus Garden) by Joel Nakamura makes its debut at Subtext in San Diego on Friday, May 7 and continues through June 6. Joel Nakamura is a Santa Fe based fine artist who creates rich visual narrative with mythological symbols often juxtaposed with Japanese inspired mythology. Joel’s pop-art-style is unique, as he gives homage to the teachings of Joseph Campbell and his love for Aikido. (Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, and Joel trains every day).


Joel Nakamura’s blend of folk art and personal iconographic forms are rendered in a neo-primitive technique inspired by Native peoples from around the world and painted on tin panels. Joel is often selected for commissions that feature his extensive knowledge of tribal art and mythology. And his bright in color assemblages have been featured at Art Basel in Miami and many art exhibitions curated by Mark Murphy, (over the past 14 years). Joel will also be a featured artist during the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair September 2 - 5.

Tako Niwa (L) : Hydroponic Octo (R)

Joel Nakamura is originally from Los Angeles and resides with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information on Joel please visit

“Tako Niwa” by Joel Nakamura opens at the Subtext Gallery in San Diego on Friday, May 7 from 6 – 10 pm featuring a reception with Joel. In addition, Subtext Gallery will feature Joel’s latest from May 7 – June 6, 2010. If you are interested in acquisitions or would like to see the exhibition after opening night please contact 619.546.8800. Subtext is located in Little Italy at 2479 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101.

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