Originating from a found photo album unearthed in a Venice Beach thrift shop, Kozyndan were inspired to create imagined personae documenting the essence of these lost photographs. This clothbound hardcover is comprised solely of small, detailed graphite portraits, each piece captures the surreal humour and irreverence that has become a trademark of Kozyndan's distinctive style of artwork.
Illuminating select portraits are short stories inspired and imagined by a community of artist friends and writers including Pasha Malla, Mark "frosty" McNeill, Ryan Sands, Mariko Tamaki, Maggie MacDonald, Nick Flanagan and Porous Walker. Produced by Narwhal and Magic Pony in commemoration of the Unknown Portraits Exhibition at Narwhal.
Hardcover, 150 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
Over 100 illustrations
Kozyndan is comprised of husband and wife Dan and Kozue Kitchens. This Los Angeles-based duo create work that traverses both the fine art and commercial realms. Hailing respectively from Yamanashi, Japan and Orange County, California, Kozy and Dan's personal and artistic collaboration began in art school in the late 1990's. Now widely acclaimed for their digitally painted pencil drawings of contemporary urban cityscapes and cleverly re-interpreted Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Kozyndan's work reflects their unease and love of the modern world. In their finely rendered urban panoramas, Kozyndan visualize an alternately utopic and dystopic universe, where East meets West, and absurd characters and situations playfully encompass everyday life.
Kozyndan exhibited at Magic Pony's sister gallery, Narwhal, with "Breaking Circles, Broken Light" (2012) and "The Unknown Portraits" (2009), and at Magic Pony with "Tales of the Bunnyfish" (2007) and "Lactaid Dreams" (2004). They also contributed to Magic Pony holiday exhibitions in 2005 and 2006.