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Yoshitomo Nara

Only Faces Appear in My Mind, 2001

Pencil and acrylic on paper
23 1/4 × 18 in
59.1 × 45.7 cm
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Signed, titled and dated to lower edge 'Nara 2001 Only Faces Appear in My Mind'.

Signed, titled and dated to lower edge 'Nara 2001 Only Faces Appear in My Mind'.

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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Yoshitomo Nara
Japanese, b. 1959
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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.

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Signed, titled and dated to lower edge 'Nara 2001 Only Faces Appear in My Mind'.

Signed, titled and dated to lower edge 'Nara 2001 Only Faces Appear in My Mind'.

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Yoshitomo Nara
Japanese, b. 1959
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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

Only Faces Appear in My Mind, 2001

Pencil and acrylic on paper
23 1/4 × 18 in
59.1 × 45.7 cm
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