Jacob Lewis Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Hajime Sorayama and present the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, on view October 28–December 17, 2016, with an opening reception October 27, 6-8pm.
Sorayama’s newest body of work features his signature “Sexy Robots” in the form of Hollywood starlets, retro-future pinups and pop cultural idols. In the artist’s superrealistic renderings, Kate Moss becomes a bionic Playboy bunny, Snow White’s queen a dominatrix and Elvis a laser emitting radio transmitter.
Hajime Sorayama has been a cult figure since the early 70s, and is considered a pioneer of this highly rendered airbrush aesthetic. Over the course of his prolific artistic career, he has collaborated with numerous brands, musicians and publications. He designed the first generation entertainment robot Sony AIBO and the cover art for Aerosmith’s 2001 album Just Push Play, among other commercial projects. The influence of his work extends far beyond the boundaries of Japan's underground art scene, stretching the limits of outmoded notions of high and low art.
Hajime Sorayama was born in 1947 in Ehime, Japan. In 1999, he won the Good Design Award (Ministry of Trade and Industry) and the Media Arts Festival Grand Prize (Agency of Cultural Affairs) for his work on the Sony AIBO. He has exhibited in solo shows internationally in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Los Angeles and Cologne, among others. Over the last 33 years, the artist has been featured in dozens of publications for both his paintings and commercial collaborations. His work appears in public collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institute of Technology Museum, Washington DC; World Erotic Art Museum, Miami; and the U.S. Library of Congress, Washington DC. He lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
(June 20–August 18)