Takashi Murakami, ‘And Then (A Deep Ocean Of Ultramarine)’, 2013, Julien's Auctions
Takashi Murakami, ‘And Then (A Deep Ocean Of Ultramarine)’, 2013, Julien's Auctions

The playful Takashi Murakami always delights, with figures inspired by Japanese comics and animation, coquettishly batting eyelashes at their viewers. Murakami's prowess with color is best seen when all versions of this print are shown together—yellows, blues, greens, and candy colored reds enhance and change an image that has become as recognizable as Andy Warhol's soup cans, thanks to the almost cult status of his “Mr. DOB” character. Murakami exhibits internationally with Gagosian Gallery, and his work can be found in numerous prominent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed in black ink lower right.

About Takashi Murakami

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. Murakami became famous in the 1990s for his “Superflat” theory and for organizing the paradigmatic exhibition of that title, which linked the origins of contemporary Japanese visual culture to historical Japanese art. His output includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, animations, and collaborations with brands such as Louis Vuitton. “Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of “high art’,” Murakami says. “In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat.”

Japanese, b. 1962, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan