Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Comes to New York City

September 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza at New York Comic Con 2019 isn’t the only activity that Konami is bringing to the Big Apple. Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show will be there too on the same weekend, complete with some new artwork on display and new limited edition prints, posters, T-shirts, and pins for sale.

Look for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC at 555 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue. That’s a half-mile walk from NYCC at the Javits Center.

The exhibition’s hours are:

  • Thursday, October 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and the first 100 people to visit each day will receive a collector’s button.

Furthermore, there will be signings with some of the participating artists, and with some Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, including Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami) and Sam Black (Battle Beast).

Don’t forget to wear your NYCC 2019 Yami Yugi T-shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com!

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page, Yu-Gi-Oh! News – September 2019, @Galleries1988)

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 4

July 22, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A tease of Kazuki Takahashi's Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi didn’t attend the opening of Gallery1988‘s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show himself, he nevertheless made his presence felt by leaving a special message for visitors along with a stunning set of never-before-seen artwork.

At the center of the exhibition was an acrylic display that featured a quote from Takahashi and a brief history of Yu-Gi-Oh!. The display also spotlighted Takahashi’s recent illustrations of Yugi and Kaiba from V Jump and his upgraded versions of Magician of Black Chaos and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, coming soon to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

Kazuki Takahashi's message and art display at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump Yami Yugi illustration at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Magician of Black Chaos MAX at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Takahashi’s message reads:

For the past 20 years since the creation of Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have been given the opportunity to interact with fans worldwide via manga, anime, and card games. Now, I am delighted to hold this Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibit.

When creating new works, my focus is to design a universe in which story, characters, and monsters interact with each other.

Since Yu-Gi-Oh! spans a wide variety of mediums, many creative people work together to create a world filled with countless characters and monsters — in which to draw inspiration for new artwork.

In this exhibit, I am excited to see how these talented artists depict their own views of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for visiting the Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition today.

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump illustration of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The paragraphs detailing the history of Yu-Gi-Oh! describe its origins as manga to its prominence today as a global hit:

Kazuki Takahashi created and serialized the manga “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. Through these eight years, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s uniquely original storyline and rich characters fascinated and entertained fans around the globe. Its theme of gaming and friendship appealed to all ages and cultures, forming the backdrop of the eternal rivalry between Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba.

Celebrating 20+ years since its initial launch, the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues to wow fans and audiences around the world.

The animated TV series “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” began airing in 2000, with five successful spinoffs to follow. The 6th TV series — Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS — currently airs worldwide.

The feature-length animated film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions” was released in theaters on April 23, 2016. Mr. Takahashi played multiple roles in its production, serving as chief executive producer, screenplay writer and character designer. This effort was richly rewarded, with longtime fans not only praising the movie for its cinematic beauty but also for its endearing storyline — one filled with action-packed adventures, mesmerizing monsters and friendships that know no bounds.

The “Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game” is based on “Magic & Wizards,” a card game introduced in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG sparked a card game revolution not only in Japan, but throughout the world. New cards and game mechanics are still being released to this day.

Ever working, Mr. Takahashi’s passion for illustration, design and gaming can be seen as he continues to express his creativity on new artistic pieces — based on Yu-Gi-Oh! and other interests.

As exciting as it was seeing Takahashi’s V Jump and card illustrations enlarged for the exhibition, the bigger attraction was undoubtedly the four new pieces of artwork that he created specially for this art show.

Mixing digital art with paint, Takahashi presented his new takes on the classics: Yugi, Black Luster Soldier, Kaiba, and Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up Blue-Eyes White Dragon's body in Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Beautiful, breathtaking, and inspiring!

That’s it from me. Special thanks to Konami and Gallery1988 for putting on a stellar show and for providing additional information about the event that made this series of posts possible.

There are still a few limited edition screen prints available for sale from Gallery1988, so don’t miss out on those.

If you could own any piece of art from Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show, which would you choose?

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Back to the beginning:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

July 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A tease of the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Gallery1988 and Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show was a year in the making. Today, the exhibition ended. What will happen to all of that Yu-Gi-Oh! artwork? Although Gallery1988 sometimes does sell original pieces at its other art shows, that isn’t the case for this Yu-Gi-Oh! exhibition.

Other than the six limited edition screen prints and the commemorative poster, none of the Yu-Gi-Oh! pieces are available for purchase, explained Courtney Barnett, the manager of Gallery1988. This request came from Konami, who will be holding on to all of the art now that the show has closed.

So what will happen to all of the pieces after that? Who knows. Charity auction? Traveling art show? Permanent archival in the Museum of Modern Art?

For now, enjoy a look at more works from the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show…

Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora
Ink, watercolor, and acryla gouache
11 x 14 inches

Close-up of Osiris the Sky Dragon by Daria Theodora at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife
Graphite, alcohol inks, and artist acrylics on Yupo paper
8 x 10 inches

Close-up of Seto Kaiba by Cindy Scaife at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Ruby by Dave Natale at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby by Dave Natale
Oil on paper mounted to panel
16 x 20 inches, 19 x 23 inches framed

Close-up of Ruby by Dave Natale at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski
Acrylic on panel
16 x 20 inches

Close-up of Millennium Mind by Aaron Jasinski at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Two Little Blue Little Eyes by Bennett Slater at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Two Little Blue Little Eyes by Bennett Slater
Oil on wood
12 x 16 inches

DMG by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
DMG by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Close-up of DMG by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Close-up of Kiwi Problems by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Leo & Luna by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Leo & Luna by Emi Boz
Mixed media on wood
24 x 18 inches

Close-up of Leo & Luna by Emi Boz at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The Duelist by Geoff Trapp at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
The Duelist by Geoff Trapp
Mixed media resin pour
12-inch diameter

Close-up of The Duelist by Geoff Trapp at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Performapal Changeraffe by Allison Bamcat at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Performapal Changeraffe by Allison Bamcat
Acryla gouache on wooden panel
12 x 12 x 1 inches

Front of Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores
Customized 8-inch Kidrobot Munny figure
8 inches tall

Back of Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon by Jared Flores at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran
Giclee print on 300gsm Gesso paper
11.5 x 16.5 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Manga Retro by Graham Corcoran at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Training Day by Amanda Conrad at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Training Day by Amanda Conrad
Digital print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/2

Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells
Digital print
11.7 x 16.5 inches
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Alexander Wells at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Heart Of The Cards by Felix Tindall at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Heart Of The Cards by Felix Tindall
Giclee print
12 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1

Walk Like an Egyptian by Daisy Church at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Walk Like an Egyptian by Daisy Church
Ink on paper
8 x 10 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Front view of Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller
Set of 5 dolls, acrylic on wood nesting dolls
6 inches tall (largest doll)

Side view of Yu-Gi-Oh! Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn
Acrylic on panel
12 x 24 inches

Close-up of Carly's face in Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Carly's vest in Hummingbird by Adam Augustyn at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo
Digital print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition of 20

Close-up of Pharaoh Atem by Steve Mardo at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Are you an artist who enjoyed seeing the variety of works in the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show? If you make pop culture pieces and would like to participate in this type of project — working with licensors to create official art for marketing and promotional campaigns — consider reaching out to Gallery1988 to join its pool of artists.

Gallery1988 is currently accepting portfolio submissions, said Barnett.

The success of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is thanks in part to Gallery1988’s diverse network of artists, who are skilled in a variety of mediums and who each have their own distinctive style that they can adapt to all pop-culture genres. So no matter what type of art you like to create, don’t be shy about reaching out!

More photos to come…

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Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 4

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 2

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 2

July 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A tease of the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Of the more than 50 pieces of Yu-Gi-Oh! art at Gallery1988, there is one that you will never, ever be able to see anywhere else. It’s a piece that no one can ever own, and once the art exhibition closes, it is forever lost. What is it?

It’s this wall mural, titled Yugi Muto, by Haste.

Yugi Muto wall mural by Haste at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

As the gallery’s only perishable piece, Yugi Muto also has the distinction of being the largest; it spans nearly the entire height of the gallery’s walls. Haste happens to be the artist who designed and painted Gallery1988’s storefront.

Close-up of the Yugi Muto wall mural by Haste at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Despite its size and position next to the entrance, some gallery visitors (including myself) almost missed this piece. You really have to move a few steps back in order to take in the entire thing.

One of the big draws of the art show is an exhibit by Pretty in Plastic, a fine art fabrication studio based in Hollywood. Touted as a “once-in-a-lifetime installation,” Pretty in Plastic’s sculpture of Yami Yugi, called Duel Time, greeted all the excited visitors.

Front-left side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Front-right side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-right side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-left side of the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's face on the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's hand and Millennium Puzzle on the Duel Time sculpture by Pretty in Plastic at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Here are some more awesome pieces at the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show…

I'm In Love... With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
I’m In Love… With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger
Acrylic on aluminum
36 x 48 inches

Close-up of I'm In Love... With Dueling! by Dan Litzinger at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Tiki of Greed by Carrie Ann Hudson at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Tiki of Greed by Carrie Ann Hudson
Ink and felt tip on paper
11 x 14 inches

Summon the Sky Dragon by Mark Borgions at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Summon the Sky Dragon by Mark Borgions
Giclee print on archival paper
9.5 x 11.8 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
ファーニマル・マウス / Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams
Wool felt, resin, mixed media
4 x 6 x 5 inches, 9.5 x 9.5 x 9 inches (glass dome)

Front view of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Front-left side of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear-left side of Fluffal Mouse by Zoë Williams at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Devack and his Earthbound Immortal Cusillu by Tom Valente at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Devack and his Earthbound Immortal Cusillu by Tom Valente
Giclee print on fine art paper
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Ruby 1 by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby 1 by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Ruby 2 by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Ruby 2 by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
10 x 10 inches

Scary Yugi by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Scary Yugi by Gus Fink
Mixed media on wood
18 x 24 inches

Close-up of Scary Yugi by Gus Fink at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker
Gouache on Strathmore 500
11 x 14 inches

Close-up of UFO Turtle! by Jason Chalker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yugi Mutou and the Millennium Puzzle by Luke Benson at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yugi Mutou and the Millennium Puzzle by Luke Benson
Digital print
12 x 16 inches, 16 x 20 inches framed
Limited edition of 1

Camula by Catherine Moore at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Camula by Catherine Moore
Oil on linen panel
11 x 14 inches, 15 x 19 inches framed

Close-up of Camula by Catherine Moore at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yuma Tsukumo and Rainbow Kuriboh by Tyson James at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yuma Tsukumo and Rainbow Kuriboh by Tyson James
Digital print
6 x 6 inches
Limited edition of 1

Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley
Digital print
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

Close-up of Forbidden by Michael Vincent Bramley at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yami Yugi x Slifer, Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician Diptych by Dan Matutina at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yami Yugi x Slifer, Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician Diptych by Dan Matutina
Diptych, giclee prints on canvas
18 x 18 inches (each canvas), 36 x 18 inches (total diptych)
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Yami Yugi x Slifer in Dan Matutina's diptych at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi Mutou x Silent Magician in Dan Matutina's diptych at at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker
Acrylic and ink on hand-cut wood
21 x 17 inches

Side view of Pegasus and the Toons by Brucey Parker at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang
Watercolor on paper
10 x 7 inches

Close-up of Pharaoh Triptych by Lawrence Yang at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Your Move by Chris McGuire at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Your Move by Chris McGuire
Giclee print
11 x 14 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca
Digital print
10 x 20 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

Close-up of Dark Magician's face in I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up of Yugi's face in I Choose the Dark Magician by Doug LaRocca at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Tomorrow, July 14, is the final day of the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. Don’t miss it!

More photos to come…

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Next:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

July 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front of Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, California

Have you visited Gallery1988 and Konami Cross Media NY’s Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show? The exhibition, which includes over 50 original pieces inspired by the franchise created by Kazuki Takahashi, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the global Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon. As the show enters its final weekend, let’s take a look at the exhibits and some of the excitement that took place at the pop culture art gallery in Los Angeles.

Obliterate by Caitlin Peters at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Obliterate by Caitlin Peters
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 12 inches

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show kicked off with an invite-only reception the evening of July 4 for some of the most important people in the Yu-Gi-Oh! business. Representatives from Konami Digital Entertainment, Shueisha, d-rights, TV Tokyo, VIZ Media, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other Yu-Gi-Oh! industry partners arrived to enjoy a sneak peek of the exhibition and partake in the open bar.

One person who was notably absent from the opening reception was Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. In his stead, Yoshihisa Heishi, the founding editor of Yu-Gi-Oh! and a director at Shueisha, was present.

D-Runner by Laz Marquez at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
D-Runner by Laz Marquez
Giclee print
18 x 24 inches

Close-up of Yusei in D-Runner by Laz Marquez at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The following evening, July 5, Gallery1988 opened its doors to the public. Over 75 people lined up to be among the first to see the historic exhibition. The small art gallery, which is only about as wide as a single-aisle passenger plane, was packed full.

Today, Konami posted a Facebook album showing many of the enthusiastic visitors on the opening night.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Blue-Eyes White Dragon by Meghan Stratman
Paper collage
8 x 8 inches, 14 x 14 inches framed

Close-up of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Low-angle shot of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon paper collage by Meghan Stratman at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Many visitors picked up one or more of the show’s six limited edition screen prints. The gallery kindly bagged and boarded each 18-by-24-inch print for free to protect the precious artwork. But the prints were such strong sellers that the gallery quickly ran out of backing boards. Whoops!

Spellcaster by Chet Phillips at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Spellcaster by Chet Phillips
Giclee print
13 x 19 inches
Signed and numbered edition 1/1

Close-up of Spellcaster by Chet Phillips at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

A screen print is considered a unique piece of art. Each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! prints was made by a shop in Seattle, Washington, and individually numbered, with only 100 of each design created. At just $50 each, the prints are a steal. Once they sell out, they are gone forever!

Cathy Catherine and Friends by Erin Gallagher at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Cathy Catherine and Friends by Erin Gallagher
Giclee print
13 x 19 inches
Signed, limited edition of 1

In addition to the six different screen prints, Gallery1988 also offered the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show’s commemorative poster for sale. This piece by Joshua Budich measures 16-by-20 inches and costs $10.

Top view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Bronk by Ed Mironiuk
Merino needlefelt
13 x 6 x 6 inches

Front view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Rear view of Bronk needlefelt by Ed Mironiuk at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who want to buy prints but who can’t make it to the show might still have a chance to get them.

“There will be some variants and other formats available online after the show ends,” Konami said on Facebook.

Gallery1988’s Twitter account, @Galleries1988, has also stated more than once that remaining prints will be sold online after the show closes on July 14.

ABAKI by DonutGlow at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
ABAKI by DonutGlow
Digital print
8 x 8 inches
Limited edition of 1

Still, there’s no guarantee that the prints won’t sell out before then, so if you can, do make every effort to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer
Print on wood
7 x 16 inches
Limited edition of 1

Close-up of Yami Yugi by Scott Balmer at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Aside from that, the Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is definitely an event you want to see in person. There’s no way that looking at any number of photographs of the exhibits will ever replicate the experience of seeing them in person.

Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright
3D wood and giclee print sculpture
10.5 x 13.25 x 2 inches

Side view of Millennium Puzzle by Brad Albright at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show runs through July 14 at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles.

More photos to come…

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Next:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 2

Kazuki Takahashi Debuts New Art at Gallery1988 Show

June 25, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugi and Anzu visiting the Domino Museum in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist chapter 91
Actual reactions of visitors at the art show

Need another reason to attend the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles? The exhibition will debut four new pieces of art by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi!

Furthermore, there will be six different 18″ x 24″ screen prints available for sale at the show. Each print is individually numbered and limited to 100. The cost is $50 each. The artists are:

If you want to purchase these pieces but can’t make it to the show, don’t worry. “There will be some variants and other formats available online after the show ends,” stated a Konami rep on Facebook.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show takes place from July 5 through 14 at Gallery1988.

(News from ANN, Konami Cross Media NY)

Previously:
Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Dates

Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Dates

June 15, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Poster for Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show

Konami and Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 have unveiled the official poster and the dates for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show. The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!, with over 50 of the gallery’s most popular artists creating original pieces and prints inspired by the franchise.

The exhibition kicks off with an invite-only sneak peek and opening reception on July 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then, the gallery will host a public opening on July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

After that, the exhibition will run from July 6 to 14 during the gallery’s regular business hours — Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is free to attend.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, between Fuller Avenue and Poinsettia Place, across the street from The Groundlings Theatre. If you will be at Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the gallery is about a 20-minute drive away. There are public transportation options that stop at or near the gallery as well.

Photographer Wanted!

Gallery1988 is looking to hire a photographer to work the openings on July 4 and 5.

If you have the skills and equipment and want to play a part in this historic event, please contact Gallery1988 with your resume and samples.

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Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

June 5, 2019 at 10:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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An official Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition is happening in Hollywood! Gallery1988, a Los Angeles-based pop culture art gallery, will host a Yu-Gi-Oh! art show next month to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The gallery will display one-of-a-kind pieces and prints inspired by the work of Kazuki Takahashi. Additionally, the fine art fabrication studio Pretty in Plastic will exhibit a “once-in-a-lifetime installation” that promises to be a must-see for all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! exhibition opens on July 4, the same weekend as Anime Expo. Keep your eyes on its website, Gallery1988.com, for more details about the show in the coming weeks.

Opened in 2004, Gallery1988 is the self-proclaimed world’s first pop culture art gallery. It has partnered with numerous big-name properties, like Adventure Time, Star Wars, and The Avengers, to produce art shows and marketing campaigns.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, at Melrose and Poinsettia. That’s about a 20-minute drive away from Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’ll be in the area, check it out!

(News from Gallery1988, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Update (June 15): Dates for the art show are now set.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Nights at Ovation Brands Restaurants, Furr’s Fresh Buffet

July 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Promotional image for Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Nights from Ovation Brands and Furr's Fresh Buffet

It’s time to e-e-e-e-eat! Ovation Brands, the owner of several American buffet chain restaurants, and Furr’s Fresh Buffet are bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! to the dinner table with their upcoming Family Night promotion. Every Thursday night, from July 5 through August 9, kids of all ages can participate in various educational and interactive activities at each restaurant. Each week has its own theme:

* Week 1, July 5, “Going to Japan”: Since Yu-Gi-Oh! originated in Japan, kids will learn about Japanese culture, art, food, and more. They’ll also learn about origami, the art of paper folding, and make origami shapes and animals.

* Week 2, July 12, “Ani-Me”: Kids will learn about anime like Yu-Gi-Oh! and get to draw their own anime characters.

* Week 3, July 19, “Puzzle Me This”: Just like how Yugi solved the Millennium Puzzle, kids will be challenged to solve a variety of puzzles. Then, they will create their own puzzles to share with other children to solve.

* Week 4, July 26, “Manga! Manga!”: Before it became a hit card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! began as a manga. Kids will learn about manga and popular comics, both Japanese and American.

* Week 5, August 2, “Time Travel with Monsters”: Many Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters are inspired by myths, legends, and history. Kids will learn about such monsters, then get to create their own.

* Week 6, August 9, “Dueling Cards”: As a team, kids will develop cards inspired by the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. The cards will include different monsters and children will assign powers to each. Then, they will all get to play the card game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Night will take place on each listed date from 5 to 8 pm at all of Ovation Brands’ restaurants and all Furr’s Fresh Buffet restaurants. Visit their websites to find a location near you:

Yu-Gi-Oh! is just one of numerous children’s properties that Ovation Brands and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have partnered with over the last few years. The restaurants have previously held Family Night events featuring Beyblade, Jumanji, Home Alone 2, The Sandlot, StoryBots, Thumbs Up Johnnie, and more.

(News from Bradley Vazquez, Ovation Brands spokesperson)

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