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Toy Art Gallery is very proud to present our 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 the Happy Girl. View more of Yosuke’s paintings, drawings and sculptures at http://www.spaceegg77.com.

Born in Japan, Yosuke Ueno has been creating and drawing original characters since early childhood. He is a self-taught painter with his first solo show held in 1994 in Yamaguchi when he was sixteen. He 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. These colors 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.”

The Hapiko bronze statue was sculpted by Yosuke Ueno, stands 9 inches tall and is limited to an edition of 10. It will go on sale Monday, March 7th 2011 at store.toyartgallery.com, or email info@toyartgallery.com for availability.