#Artists Apply Now to Tokyo, Japan International Creator Residency 2017

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The applications are in English for the 2017 Residency Programs in Tokyo, Japan.
The Application Deadline is June 30, 2016.

The open call to artists is for both an “International Creator Residency Program 2017” and “Research Residency Program 2017”! These Residency Programs will be the great opportunities for the artists who are eager to perform new creative activities or conduct research activities in Tokyo.

For application and further info >>click here.

We’re Adding Artist Prints and Posters to Our Japan Store

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We’ve had an Amazon store for several years with monthly sales of artist posters and prints. Now, Amazon is allowing us to list our art prints and posters in their Japan Amazon store.

We have to list each item one at a time, and it takes 24 hours before buyers can purchase the items. But we’re excited to see how our sales will increase by offering our best selling items to buyers in Japan.

Jimi Hendrix and His 1969 Corvette Stingray by Chris Osborne

Jimi Hendrix and His 1969 Corvette Stingray by Chris Osborne

Our first Japan listing:
Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray- Poster by Chris Osborne [並行輸入品]

Opportunities for #Artists wishing to break into the Asian market


Artists around the world regularly contact Artist Marketing Resources for details on getting their work into the growing Asian art market. Often these artists target Tokyo Japan as their point of entry. There are other cities to consider–Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Seoul.

Dot.N is a Seoul, Republic of Korea (aka South Korea) based online gallery and arts project planning site scheduled to launch on April 1st 2015.

They’ve invited more than 5000 artists internationally to register on the Dot.N site on April 1st and upload their art images.

Jeonghyun Lee of the Dot.N Arts Planning company said, ” Up to this point, the system looks similar to existing sites such as Behance.” Dot.N wants to establish an “artists’ online archive on a grand scale.”

When artists all over the world sign-up to the Dot.N website, they will be exhibiting and sharing their artworks with art collectors and the art buying public, as well as business enterprises, banks, hospitals, advertising agencies and web agencies who will have options to buy and use (license) artists’ digital art images. This is one way Dot.N will generate additional income for their artists.

The Dot.N Arts Planning company will advertise and promote the availability of both the digital images and the original artworks on their new site.


If you are an artist wishing to connect with gallerists and artist agents in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian cities–we have extensive contacts on our artist resources e-lists:

(*‿*✿) And good news! Our Spring Sale gives you $5.00 Off the International Art Gallery Directory  here and here.

Discount on our Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook here and here.

$5.00 off the Directory of Art Consultants –get it here and here.

$5.00 off the original price for the Photographers Resources E-list: International Photography agents, galleries, print sales, publishers + much more here and here.

$5.00 Off our E-list of Art magazines, art blogs, art directories + more art publication resources for artists — get it here and here.

Get $5.00 off our e-list of Art Print Sales Sites and sites to sell your art printed on products–get this resource here and here.

Get $5.00 off the 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art e-list of #artistresources — here and here

Get $5.00 off our e-list of Art Licensing companies and artist agents here and here.



Feature Articles on Artists: How To Get Your Art Featured


Artist Marketing Resources announced the launch of the new ArtWorld Community magazine last week, with Marie Kazalia and Keith McFarlane as co-editors. The first week, both Keith and I have received requests from several artists wishing to be featured in articles.

With all the interest, I’ve begun looking at articles I’ve written on artists and published 3 and 4 years ago–many published in the Yahoo! contributor network, by Technorati News, and on the VASA New York blog, as well as this blog.  One of these early articles I wrote on  R. WEIS – titled Compositions of Manipulated Sound ( read it here) with the artist sending me his sound art CDs so that I could listen to his work. I don’t recall which came first, but I wrote a second article on a Cleveland based Artist Who Uses Sound Chris Kulcar here, with lots of videos of this young artist’s performances included in the article.

My article on painter Chris Osborne’s  Stars and Cars series, including Jimi Hendrix with His Corvette Stingray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang here, brought interest due to the subject matter of vintage cars and celebrities depicted in the paintings.

I also wrote a timely article on the efforts of the Artist Power Bank in Tokyo along with American artist Alicia Bay Laurel’s Fund-Raising for Japan’s earthquake disaster relief here. Alicia Bay Laurel’s success goes back to the 1960’s with the publication of her artist book still in print and available today and popular in Japan.

When I wrote my article on Canadian Artist in Scotland – Trevor Jones here, I learned about his research into color and sound theory and his use of music in his art. (Trevor also sent me two of his drawings as gifts!).

I wrote and published the first article on photographic artist Ventiko (here) who has since been feature in print in Interview Magazine!  Ventiko is an extraordinary photographic artist who creates images that look like Renaissance oil paintings.

These are just a select few early articles on artists featured on Artist Marketing Resources. At least one of these artists recently contacted me requesting that I write a new article on his latest work for the ArtWorld Community magazine.

As editor, I am seeking complete articles with images, ready to publish. As feature writer, I offer options to artists here.

More recently, Artist Marketing Resources has featured articles on a wide variety of painters, from Paul Rooms in New York, to Texas cowboy artist J.R. Smith, as well as Jay Burton’s sensual photographic art (here)– just to name a few.



Artists in UK: Entries Now Being Accepted for Daiwa Cash Art Prize + Solo Gallery Show in Tokyo

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation  announced the third Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, which offers a British artist a cash prize of £5,000 and a first solo show at a gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

The triennial prize is open to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously had a solo exhibition in Japan.

Artists applying for the prize are required to submit documentation of four recent works, in any medium (including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, video etc), a supporting CV and personal statement.

Applications are made online. The deadline for entry is 30 September 2014.

The winner’s exhibition will be held at Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo in the Autumn/ Winter of 2015.

Entry is free.

For more details visit the following links:

Check the Artist Marketing Resources International Art Gallery PDF for more opportunities.



I Want You Magazine Accepting Art Submissions

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English: View of the entrance of the Seattle Art Museum on First Avenue, downtown Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I Want You is an art magazine published and designed by Dumb Eyes design studio in Seattle, Washington, and published quarterly in full color, large format (9.95 x 13.5 inches) limited print edition with an expanded online edition.  Each page of the print edition consists of a single large format images from a series of each artist’s work and a url that leads you to their feature on iwantyoumagazine.com

I Want You magazine features a broad range of artists from around the world. I Want You magazine is looking for submissions–they request a link to your art or uploaded jpeg images of your work via a form on their site.

I Want You magazine is a free publication. Each print edition is limited to 1,000 copies and available at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Seattle Art Museum, and several other international locations in South America, Europe and Japan.

If you can’t pick one up, you can Order a free copy and only pay the shipping fee–order here

Art Galleries In Tokyo, Japan

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Shibuya at dusk – Tokyo – Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many American and European artists would like to tap into the Asian art market.

UK, German and American artists exhibit in Japan and several are represented by the Tokyo art gallery Tomio Koyama Gallery http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/en/

located in the popular Shibuya district of Tokyo. View the Tomio Koyama Gallery print editions, here: http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/editions_en/

To help artists with their research, we’ve put together an extensive list of international art galleries that current includes over 40 art galleries in Tokyo, Japan, with more researched and added continually.

Plus, we have over 40 Art Licensing Agents, Artist Reps, and Art Licensing Companies in Asia–in Japan, China/Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand–listed in our 150+ page Art Licensing PDF.

American Flat Announces Marie Kazalia’s Paintings Available As Prints On Canvas

Introducing Abstract Art by Marie Kazalia

Americanflat is proud to introduce artwork by our newest artist Marie Kazalia.  Marie’s work engages with written aspects of world cultures such as combined, fragmented, enlarged and abstracted character forms. The techniques she uses involve paint layering, poured paints, stain painting and all the possibilities that these processes open up.  Major influences on Marie Kazalia’s art include four years as an expatriate in Asia (primarily Japan, India and China) and the formal language studies she undertook there, including writing Chinese and Japanese language characters.  Each of her paintings contains traces of what is significant to the artist — personal progress, growth, shifts, changes, expansions and forward motion.  All this accumulation of thought and work, day upon day, is contained within the layers of Marie’s paintings, as form, color and texture merge in the spirituality of her abstract paintings.

Marie’s work is in permanent collection of:
– Museum of Modern Art, NY
– Museum of Modern Art, Wales
– Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Rainbow X
Marie Kazalia
Edition of 100
36″ x 36″, $250
Nite Lite
Marie Kazalia
Edition of 100
36″ x 36″, $250

Imagine Peace Free Downloads

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Image via Wikipedia

English: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Image via Wikipedia

Yoko Ono has created the *Peace Tower* to honor John Lennon.

On her website, you will also find her downloadable billboards.

The free download of Yoko’s Times Square New York City billboard of the famous phrase *Imagine Peace* in 24 languages is available in several sizes–HERE.

Yoko Ono has also been creating Wish Trees.

When I visited a temple in Tokyo with a Japanese friend, he showed me long strips of paper printed with wishes, that visitors tied to trees or bushes— a common practice at temples in Japan.

Yoko Ono has made her Wish Tree project instructions available for download here.

AZITO Gallery, Tokyo, video

Tokyo dreams– this video interview with a Tokyo gallerist reminds me of my own travels to Japan.  It’s not surprising when the gallerist describes the appeal of *the unexpected*, –the unexpected is a quintessential aspect of Japanese culture, IMO.

The AZITO Gallery  shop specializes in Japanese contemporary art www.azito-art.com

Artist Power Bank, Tokyo, and How Alicia Bay Laurel’s Art Is Raising Funds for Japan

Living on the EarthAlicia Bay Laurel‘s Iconic Illustrated Book and How Her Art Is Raising Funds for Japan, article by Marie Kazalia

Living on the Earth–Alicia Bay Laurel’s Iconic Illustrated Book and How Her Art Helps Raise Funds for Japan

Living on the Earth has been popular in Japan for three generations. I was astonished to discover how many fans I have in Japan,” remarked Alicia Bay Laurel, American author and artist who has spent a lifetime uniquely “helping the planet and the people on it” through her art.

In April, Alicia created an illustrated t-shirt and art design for a souvenir towel to raise funds at a rock concert for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster of 2011. She also created a set of drawings on the theme rebuilding Japan for the Artist Power Bank, a not-for-profit organization of environmental activists in Tokyo that raises money through concerts and other arts activities.The director of Kurkku, a subsidiary of Artist Power Bank, operates natural-food restaurants and a green store at their complex in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, “began functioning as a sort of art agent” for Alicia in 2007. He has arranged gallery shows of the original art from Living on the Earth, commercial art assignments for her to complete for both Artist Power Bank and Kurkku’s projects, as well as for other green-oriented companies in Japan. “What would have been his agent’s commission for this work instead became a donation to the environmentalist not-for-profit, Artist Power Bank (which pays him a salary), and I am very happy to be supporting their work,” Alicia said.

Alicia began her association with Artist Power Bank and Kirkku in 2005, when one of her Japanese fans, journalist Koki Aso, persuaded Be Pal Magazine to send him and a photographer to Hawaii to interview her. During the interview, Alicia, who is also a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and performance artist, played her music for him. When Koki returned to Tokyo he approached Artist Power Bank about inviting Alicia to do a concert, book signing, and a weekend Living on the Earth workshop at a mountain forest camp in Doshi, west of Tokyo.

Artist Power Bank sent Alicia an airline ticket in October 2006 and she spent one month in Japan performing at their organized events and concerts. She has returned to Japan annually to perform and conduct her workshops.

Alicia’s Japanese fans love her live performances, gallery exhibitions, and illustrated books. Including Living on the Earth, Alicia has a total of six book titles published by Japanese companies and four music CDs released in Japan. She has debuted a line of clothing printed with her art, and in 2007 was the subject of a Japanese television documentary.

Alicia does not know how many copies of the Japanese editions of Living on Earth have been printed and sold in Japan. Since it was first published in 1970 in the U.S., when Alicia was “19 and fearless,” Living on the Earth  has never been out of print. To date, there have been four editions published in English and over 350,000 copies of the book sold.

Alicia’s original inspiration for Living on the Earth arose from her desire to be of service to others, namely the members of the California commune where she lived in the late 1960’s.

She wanted to create a book to share the collective wisdom of all those living at the commune. To complete the project, Alicia “went to each of the 100 friends who lived on the land and asked for his or her best piece of information about how to live outdoors creatively.” She hand-wrote in cursive script recipes and instructions they gave her and illustrated all using Kohinoor Rapidograph ink pens. Alicia developed her trademark drawing style that is naïve yet advanced in concept– “I use simple lines to create the expression on a face, in a powerful shorthand for the emotions I want to communicate.  This simplicity allows the viewer to “enter” my illustrations and drawings and complete the image in his or her mind, in the same way that reading a book engages the imagination more than watching a movie.”  Alicia’s artworks also “tend toward images of divine beings in ecstatic communion with the universe without necessarily intending them to go that way.  A similar phenomenon occurs when I writes prose, tells stories and write songs. My muse is a flirt, and she sometimes flirts with God, “ Alicia said.

Her flirtation with the gods occurred again in 2008, at Alicia’s art gallery exhibit at Mirai Garou, next to the famous Mori Tower in the Roppongi district of Tokyo.  The gallery owner asked Alicia to create a new work depicting a scene of Tokyo as the centerpiece for the show. “I knew that Mori Tower looked out upon Tokyo Tower (an orange and white Eiffel Tower-like television tower) and past it to Tokyo Harbor, “ the artist described.  “So, I made a drawing of this famous view, using a photo I found on Google as a guide, with the materials I had on hand– a box of crayons and some color marking pens.  I spent about three hours on the drawing. As often happens in my work, a divine being came floating into the drawing, the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu, clad in a white kimono, like a cloud, and bearing the morning sun in her hands. Above her I wrote on the drawing: “Amaterasu seen from Mori Tower.” The piece was the first one purchased in the show, and the following December I sent a holiday card with this image on the front, and the message Behold the return of the light printed inside.

Alicia never self-published the 200 page manuscript of Living on the Earth,  she described as  a “juxtaposition of an encyclopedia of basic life skills with a joyous, playful and natural set of illustrations.” On the advice of her friend and mentor Ramon Sender, she took it to Stewart Brand at the Whole Earth Catalog. “At that time, the Whole Earth Catalog was outselling the bestselling books in the industry.  Brand sent me to his distributor, Book People, in Oakland California, to see if they could find a publisher for my manuscript. Book People decided to publish it themselves under their new imprint, The Bookworks. In September 1970,  Bookworks published Living on the Earth, along with a review that stated, This could be the best book in our catalog.  It is a book for people.  If you are a person, it is for you.  If you are a dog, and can’t read very well, it still might be for you, because of the pictures.  Alicia, Alicia, Alicia.  She’s our very own Bradford Angier. Within two weeks, Bookworks sold out all 10,000 copies of the first edition of Living on the Earth. When Random House heard of the phenomenal sales and read the review, they decided that Living on the Earth might be THEIR Whole Earth Catalog. So, Bennett Cerf, the president and founder of Random House, called up Don Gerrard, the owner and founder of Book People and The Bookworks, and made an offer for the rights to Living on the Earth.  No agent was involved. What is more amazing is that Random House gave Living on the Earth a LOT of publicity, in a way that publishers rarely do now. At the time Living on the Earth came out, it was so different from everything that came before it, that Publishers Weekly ran a two-page illustrated article to acknowledge this. The New York Times Review of Books and all the other major publications of the time raved about the book. I made the rounds of the TV talk shows, radio shows, magazines, and newspapers. Mademoiselle magazine honored me for being so influential while still a minor,” Alicia recounted. “It was pure Dada.”

For over 40 years Alicia has enjoyed the notoriety and success that has arisen from “helping the planet and the people living on it.” The great lessons Alicia Bay Laurel has learned from the success of her book, and the advice she offers to aspiring authors and illustrators is–“When a big project wants to use you to manifest itself, you have no choice but to surrender. If you do not, it will make your life a misery until you do.  After I surrendered to Living on the Earth’s will to manifest itself, I watched as it rolled out over the world, enchanting entire other countries as well as populations within my own country.  It is still a force unto itself.  People still tell me, “It’s my bible.”  I try not to take it personally.  But I do use this advantage to promote my current projects. Why not?  It was a gift.”

( www.aliciabaylaurel.com)