Thursday, December 27, 2018

Happiness Within, 2018

Happiness Within, 2018

Two solo exhibitions, one Artist in Residence, and my first reality TV competition... 2018 felt pleasantly still and intimate.

Now in my 7th year as a full-time independent artist, I've learned to thoroughly prepare myself for tasks ahead.

In 2018, such opportunities included a brand-cohesive exhibition at Google HQ,

(Martin Hsu 'A Good Life' Google Exhibition, Googleplex, CA)

a deeply personal solo feature Ningyo at Modern Eden Gallery,

(Ningyo by Martin Hsu, Modern Eden Gallery. SF, 2018)

a month-long artist appearance at Disney's WonderGround Gallery,

(Martin Hsu Artist in Residence 2018, WonderGround Gallery, CA)

and an hour-long live competition to create beautiful art on TV.

(Martin Hsu on Doodle Wars, Reality TV Competition, Bluprint)

Now more than ever, I see wonder in nature...

(New Zealand, 2018)

find kinship with animals,

(Kindred Spirits, private commission, 2018)

and feel at peace with being a naturalist and traditionalist

making art in the contemporary world.

So as always, thank you for joining me on this creative and spiritual exploration.

Happy 2018, Hello 2019.

With light,

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Happy New Year from Martin Hsu

Thank you to all the art collectors, gallery curators, friends of the arts, loved ones for supporting my career as an independent artist.

Because of you, I'm able to do what I love.

Happy 2018.

Warmest regards,

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hayao Miyazaki-Sensei 77th Birthday at Totoro Forest!

A very Happy 77th Birthday to Hayao Miyazaki-sensei

and 30th Anniversary to Totoro!

This special 2018 edition of Morning Strolls features Miyazaki-sensei

volunteering and cleaning up 'Totoro no Mori' or Totoro's Forest.

In each illustration, Miyazaki-sensei is accompanied by a small Totoro,

picking up one type of trash at a time including

bento boxes, coffee cans, green tea bottle... etc

An active conservationist for the natural, human and imaginary world.

May he live long and make lots more movies!

For more info on Totoro Fund, please visit

Morning Strolls 2018

by Martin Hsu

graphite, watercolor and gold acrylic on watercolor paper

signed, framed with glass