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TRUE ORIGIN: Yoshitomo Nara

TRUE ORIGIN: Yoshitomo Nara

Best known for his children and animals’ paintings that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister, as seen in his work Do Not Disturb! (1996)

He started in the 1990s Japan pop-culture and later became associated with the Superflat movement, collaborating with Chiho Aoshima and Takashi Murakami. His sculptures and paintings focus on such innocent subjects (often pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines) with little or no background. The wide-eyed children appear to be cute and vulnerable, holding brandish weapons like saws and knives. 

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“Up until [my twenties], I was really only focused on stuff I liked and was interested in. Then, entering into my thirties and forties and becoming more of an adult, I started seeing more of the world and even seeing things that I didn’t want to see. My perspective really opened up. Whether it was to do with society or the environment or the relationship between the two, my view of the world became much wider”.

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