About Joe

The Company

Joe Ledbetter (aka: J.Led) is an artist, illustrator and toy designer based in Los Angeles, CA.

His distinctive style is deeply influenced by classic animation, underground comics, skateboarding and 1980’s video games. Over the years, Ledbetter has created an incredible cast of creatures used to anthropomorphize the human condition. With crisp bold lines and a vibrant palette, he mixes irony, social criticism and mischief making his work universal and unmistakable.

He earned a degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University in 2001, and despite a limited amount of formal art training, began his career as a graphic artist in the apparel industry. Working his way up from underground art shows, he’s been at his craft full-time since 2004 holding art exhibitions in over 10 countries, collaborating with top brands (Nike, Swatch, Sony Music, Kidrobot), exhibiting in museum shows (Andy Warhol Museum, MADRE Museum Italy, Bristol City Museum, Riverside Art Museum), sold work at Christie’s auction house in New York, and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose Magazine. He is most known for his innovative and distinctive designer toys.

Joe and his team love to collaborate.

We are open to both licensing opportunities with other brands and starting from scratch to develop new projects like illustration, art installations, character design and product design.

Joe’s iconic aesthetic and up-beat style speak a universal language; transcending age, lifestyle and borders. Our goal is to bring positive cultural value to everyday objects and extraordinary events, making the world a better place one project at a time.

Please contact us to inquire about licensing opportunities or creating a new design project/collaboration.

Artist CV

About

Born 1977 – Glendale, CA

Education

1996-2001
B.A. Humboldt State University – Arcata, CA
Sociology

Solo exhibitions

2012
Creatures of the Night
2-artist show with Nathan Jurevicius.
Cotton Candy Machine – Brooklyn, NY

2011
Innards
Copro Gallery – Santa Monica, CA

2010
Magnus Maximus
Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2009
Shock & Awe
London Miles Gallery – London, UK

Arm & A Leg
Outland Store & Gallery – Amsterdam

Birds & Bees
Artoyz Gallery – Paris, France

Hearts & Minds
Mondo Pop Gallery – Rome, Italy

Sharks & Minnows
Milk Gallery – Istanbul, Turkey

Death and Taxes
Copro Gallery – Santa Monica, CA

2008
Aerophobia
Paradise Toy Land – Taipei, Taiwan

Hunters and Gatherers
M Modern Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

Creature Comforts
Stitch Gallery – Tokyo, Japan

Unspeakable
2-artist show with Andrew Brandou
Gallery 1988 – San Francisco, CA

2007
Love Songs for the Rejected
M Modern Gallery, – Palm Springs, CA

Ill Morphology
2-artist show with Anthony Ausgang
Copro Gallery – Santa Monica, CA

Fever Dream
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

2006
Flight of the Navigator
2-artist show with Greg “Craola” Simkins
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

The Balancing Act
Magic Pony Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Superstitious
M Modern Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

Attack of the Mutant Bunnies
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

2005
Swallowed Alive
Kidrobot – Santa Monica, CA

Temporary Permanence
Black Market boutique – Long Beach, CA

2004
Paintings n’ Stuff
2-artist show with Thomas Han
Cannibal Flower – Los Angeles, CA

2003
Teargas Wasteland
Underground Art Society – Altadena, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012
Giant Robot Biennale 3
Japanese American National Museum – Los Angeles, CA

2010
Last Gasp 40 Years
111 Minna Gallery – San Francisco, CA

Art from the New World
Bristol City Museum – Bristol, UK

Sanrio 50th Anniversary
Barker Hanger – Santa Monica, CA

Vader Project
Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA

Back from Black
MADRE Museum – Naples, Italy

Manifest Equality Exhibition
Los Angeles, CA

2009
Multi-Plane
Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

Urban Superstar Show
MADRE Museum – Naples, Italy

Custom Kaiju Show
Stitch Gallery – Tokyo, Japan

2008
Gen Art Vangard Art Fair
M Modern Gallery at Art Basel – Miami, FL

Beyond Baby Tattooville
Riverside Art Museum – Riverside, CA

Clowns!
Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2007
Crazy 4 Cult
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

15 Year Anniversary Show
Copro Gallery – Santa Monica, CA

Literartistry
Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

? the War
Corey Helford Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

2006
Samhain Show
Copro/Nason Gallery – Santa Monica, CA

I Am 8-Bit V.2
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

2005
The Kids are Alright
M Modern Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

Vivisect Playset (Round 2)
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

Age of Aquarius
Copro/Nason Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

I Am 8-Bit
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

2004
Vivisect Playset
Gallery 1988 – Los Angeles, CA

2003
Group Exhibitions
Cannibal Flower – Los Angeles, CA

Selected Publications

2013
Eat Dat! An Uglydoll Comic, Viz Media

2012
Hello Kitty Hello Art, Abrams Publishing
Curated by Roger Gastman

2010
I Am Plastic Too, Abrams Publishing
By Paul Budnitz

2009
Creatures of Habit: The Art of Joe Ledbetter, Last Gasp Press

2008
Joe Ledbetter’s Sketchbook, Nerdcore Publishing

Hi-Fructose Collected Edition, Vol. 1, Last Gasp Press

2007
Copro/Nason Fine Art: 15 Year Anniversary, Last Gasp Press

Toy Giants, Verlag für Moderne Kunst.
by Daniel Fuchs, Geo Fuchs and Selim Varol

2006
I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion, Abrams Publishing
By Paul Budnitz

Selected Press

2012
Men’s Health Singapore, February Issue

2009
People Magazine, May Issue

2006
Los Angeles Times, February 2

Juxtapoz Magazine, November Issue

Playtimes Magazine, Cover Story, June Issue

2005
Hi-Fructose Magazine, Issue #2

Special Projects

2015
Art Auction XVI
Long Beach Museum of Art – Long Beach, CA

Coachella Snow Globe Design
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA

2014
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Giclee Print
JapanLA booth, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – Los Angeles, CA.

2011
Swatch Watch Design
Kidrobot for Swatch – Biel, Switzerland

2010
Motion City Soundtrack Album Cover
Columbia Records – New York, NY

Customized Darth Vader mask replica
Freeman’s Auction House – Los Angeles, CA

2008
Christie’s “Pop Culture” art auction
Mr. Bunny designer toy and painting
Christie’s Auction House – New York, NY

Nike Sportswear poster designs
Promotion and live painting for flagship store – Mexico City, Mexico

2006
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Triennial
Included in the Kidrobot installation – New York, NY

Low Ride Snowboard Series graphics
Ride Snowboards – Seattle, WA

Selected Toy Releases

2014
Fire-Cat, edition of 400, produced by Joe Ledbetter

Good Morning Sunshine Monkey, edition of 500, produced by Munky King Toys

Chaos Bunnies: Chaos Minis, mini-figure series, produced by The Loyal Subjects

2012
Mr. Bunny, 10-inch Chaos Bunnies set, edition of 500, produced by The Loyal Subjects

2011
Chinese Zodiac Mini-Figure Series, produced by Play Imaginative

2010
Wrecks and Dazey, edition of 600, produced by Analog Playset

Pico and Wilshire, edition of 415, produced by The Loyal Subjects

2009
Terror and Magnus, edition of 515, produced by The Loyal Subjects

Slander, edition of 1000, produced by Play Imaginative

2008
Smash, edition of 1500, produced by Toy2r

Hammerhead (teal edition), sofubi figure, edition of 300, produced by Intheyellow

Gamerita (red edition), sofubi figure, edition of 300, produced by Wonderwall

Unicornasaurus, edition of 1000, produced by Kidrobot

2007
Finders Keepers, mini-figure series, produced by Kidrobot

Sluggonadon (green edition), sofubi figure, edition of 200, produced by Wonderwall

Ledkins, collaboration with Greg “Craola” Simkins, edition of 500, produced by StrangeCo

King of the Deadbeats, from Vivisect Playset mini-figure series, produced by StrangeCo

2006
Teeter, edition of 2800, produced by Kidrobot

Ringo Bear, edition of 600, produced by Wheaty Wheat Studios

2005
Fire-Cat, edition of 400, produced by Wheaty Wheat Studios

Mr. Bunny, edition of 400, produced by Wheaty Wheat Studios

Fun Fact / Joe loves sushi.