Yoshitomo Nara, ‘Childhood Days’, 2011, Phillips
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Yoshitomo Nara

Childhood Days, 2011

Acrylic and colour pencil on cardboard
19 1/10 × 29 9/10 in
48.4 × 76 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Provenance
P
Phillips

Executed in 2011, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Tomio Koyama …

Medium
Signature
Signed 'Nara' on the reverse
Yoshitomo Nara
Japanese, b. 1959
Follow

Influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons, and punk rock, Yoshitomo Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants, and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization, and an omnipresent visual culture. Nara’s sculptures, made primarily from fiberglass, and his drawings on postcards, envelopes, and scraps of paper, further this exploration using the same elegance of line and simple palette as his paintings.

Yoshitomo Nara, ‘Childhood Days’, 2011, Phillips
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Provenance
P
Phillips

Executed in 2011, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Tomio Koyama Gallery.

From the Catalogue:
'People say [I] have a big influence from Japanese animation. No, I have a big influence from my childhood.' Yoshitomo Nara
—Courtesy of Phillips

Medium
Signature
Signed 'Nara' on the reverse
Yoshitomo Nara
Japanese, b. 1959
Follow

Influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons, and punk rock, Yoshitomo Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants, and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization, and an omnipresent visual culture. Nara’s sculptures, made primarily from fiberglass, and his drawings on postcards, envelopes, and scraps of paper, further this exploration using the same elegance of line and simple palette as his paintings.

Yoshitomo Nara

Childhood Days, 2011

Acrylic and colour pencil on cardboard
19 1/10 × 29 9/10 in
48.4 × 76 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Yoshitomo Nara
Related works
Most Similar