MET EVENT WRAP-UP: Audrey Kawasaki & Friends at The Drawing Room Opening Reception

What an amazing night! This morning I am waking up happy and thrilled that I was able to meet one of my favorite artists, Audrey Kawasaki. There's something about her work that's so beautiful yet disturbing, the way she draws her young girls it's erotic and innocent at the same time. Audrey's precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. One look at her pieces and you're just drawn in by the delicate beauty of them all.

Our night started out at the beautiful LA Mill Coffee house for some lovely lattes and free wi-fi. If you want a nicely designed coffee house, this is it! It looked like Steve Job's sophisticated wife could have created this place.

We hung out there for about an hour, chatting it up with a new friend and eagerly anticipating the show. (Yes, my twitter background is of Audrey's work. Don't hate! I'm a real deal fan!)

We arrive right on time, at 7p, and we are greeted with a line about 25 people deep. Luckily, we meet another new friend who's wiling to brave the lines with us.

You walk in and you are greeted with a nice collection of Audrey's work, particularly loved these pieces.

My favorite? This one - where a young girl in Audrey's style is holding one of Stella Im Hultberg's girls. Just gorgeous.

A few other artists - Kukulu...

Stella Im Hultberg

Mari Inukai

Brian Viveros

And Amy Sol. This is Eugene's third free beer - the guy was having a jolly old time!

We stood in line for about an hour to get these rare prints: $50 each, you could buy two sets. So we snapped up four. Good thing because by the time Kara and Jenni arrived they were sold out. I even got offered $100 for one of mine. Talk about appreciation!

Here's Kara in front of another one of the best Audrey pieces.

We also got to take pictures with Ms. Audrey herself!

She was so sweet and nice. Just wonderfully accomplished for a 26 year old!

Who else did we bump into but the famed LA illustrator and artist Gary Baseman!

Lovely night hanging out with Kara, Jenni and Bro at the show!

Overall? Though it got crazy busy, Thinkspace and Audrey did a great job putting this opening reception together. Free drinks (beer and soda), limited prints available for purchase, and good mellow music all lent itself to an overall pleasant experience. We got to chat it with up a lot of cool and interesting people who braved the crowds to see some of the coolest art in town.

The show is something completely worth seeing. Based on how busy it was, you can tell that the LA art scene is not only surviving but thriving. The Drawing Room exhibition brings together some of the creme of the crop and it's a show you don't want to miss. It's only around for the month of November so try to go before it's too late!

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Thurs-Sun 1p-6p

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Comment by PANDA JU on November 10, 2008 at 12:57pm
Love Love Love Stella and Brian and Audrey! Thanks for sharing the beautiful sights.

Looks like posing with Audrey's art has become a trend ..

Comment by Kara on November 9, 2008 at 4:19pm
SO MUCH FUN! I wanted to buy everything!

All I bought was a parking ticket...

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