From farmers, salary men, ghosts, gangsters and even killer vegetables, Dehara transforms these often absurd archetypes, into observations of Japanese and American society and pop culture. His clay sculptures are raw but detailed, painted with a precise and glossy aesthetic. They impart the subject’s state of being, whether it’s a subservient rice cooker, or a tortured Yakuza boss.
For each exhibition Dehara sculpts a unique cast of characters. Previous series have included killer produce in “Oyasi: Vegetable Wars”, villagers and farmers for the “Jibasan” collection, and Japanese ghosts for “Pop Yokai: Japanese Old Ghost”. In “The Jingi” Dehara will depict the Japanese gangster icon. Dehara has created 100 original sculptures that will expose every possible incarnation of the Jingi. Giant Robot San Francisco will have Dehara’s hard to find products in stock, including books, toys and other selected merchandise that catalog Dehara’s prolific body of work.