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This painting is part of a series of portraits portraying kitchen scenes. Los Angeles is a city about consumption. Upon reflecting on what it means to be a consumer in this city, I wanted to paint a series of portraits that forced the viewer to see past the counter. The audience must address the chefs, waitresses, and busboys.
Devoid of any sort of food to eat, I invite the viewer to face the person behind the food, a visual consumption. In this painting directly, Nagao commands a heightened sense of control and confidence at his sushi bar. Shin, his assistant, offers both an entrance into the painting as he looks out just past the audience.
Not fully engaging in eye contact, but with a sense of ease, we understand Shin shadows Nagao who is looking toward the entrance with anticipation. Nagao is larger than life and takes great pride in his establishment. In doing so, he business thrives upon both good service and strength of character.
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