The People’s Printshop is honored to be releasing Edwin Ushiro’s limited edition print, “The Lifting and the Releasing,” on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

“The Lifting and the Releasing” was originally displayed for “Supernatural” in 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California.

In an interview for “Supernatural,” Ushiro discusses “The Lifting and the Releasing” specifically:Originally from Maui, Ushiro attended “obake tours” during high school, led by the noted teacher, author, and historian Glen Grant.“I learned that if you are interested enough, why not investigate a story?” says Ushiro. “My interest in the supernatural comes from living in Hawaii and having relatives in Japan. Both casually share ghost stories.”“For example, out of nowhere the image of kids running through the night sky appeared as a vision,” Ushiro remembers. “I didn’t know what that meant. Then it came to me. My Grandma and Aunty once told me a story about a strange night when they heard loud footsteps on the roof. My Grandpa went outside to look who it was, but there was no one to be seen. He went inside the house and the footsteps continued.”“Later they consulted a Hawaiian Minister who lived next door,” says Ushiro. “He told my relatives that this is the way the Hawaiians of the past will let you know that they were there first and that they are just letting you occupy that space. The Hawaiian minister added that they would not hear it again. And that was true.”“I combined this story with the time I was having fun and pulling on this kid’s backpack strap and it broke,” says Ushiro. “The boy, Kalani, was so upset that he chased me across the campus until my friends stopped him. I suppose it was teenage angst. I really regret doing that. So it appears in my artwork and is hopefully released from my conscience.”Ushiro embraces his cultural and family background and its influence on his work. “It’s in every idea, every line, every paint stroke I put down.” Edwin also included, to us, that it “references the night marchers of Hawaii. The spirits of warriors who continue to march through the islands as they did when they were alive.  Every island has a story of the night marchers and Maui is no exception.”

Print Details:

“The Lifting and the Releasing”

Archival Pigment Print

300lb Cold Press Cotton Rag Paper

Signed and numbered in an edition of 50

18″ x 36″ inches



The Print will be available beginning at 1PM PST on Thursday, October 17th, 2019. It will never be reprinted again. Every print release has sold out, so secure your print.


Edwin Ushiro and People’s Printshop launches you off into summer with this fantastic reproduction of “One More Second You are About to Gain” as a limited edition print. This print carefully reproduces a painting from my 2018 solo exhibition at Giant Robot’s GR2 Gallery which sold quickly. I thought it would be a great image to share with those who were unable to obtain it. Measuring 12″x18″ inches, this print is produced with archival pigments on Epson cold press art paper, limited to an edition of 30, signed and numbered in white ink and priced at $50 each.

Available for purchase online on May 16, 2019 at 1pm PST. At that time, you may place your order at:


This print will never be reprinted again. My print released last year sold out quickly, so secure your copy.

Edwin Ushiro is an artist from Maui who is currently residing in Southern California. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he
interweaves the uncanny obake (ghost) tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of repurposed Plexiglas and Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.

After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, his artwork has been exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Japanese American National Museum. A monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, has been published by Zero+ Publishing followed by a monograph published for the Chinese audience by Diagon Alley in Shanghai. .

People’s Printshop lovingly prints in Berkeley, California where our passion for affordable art, limited editions, and supporting the arts come together.

For media inquiries, please contact Zach Tutor at zach@thepeoplesprintshop.com.