Yoshitomo Nara, ‘Study for Miss Spring’, 2012, Phillips

Property of an Important Asian Collector

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Rabbit Hills.

From the Catalogue:
Provoking an expansive discourse around themes of mischief and innocence in childhood, Yoshitomo Nara’s prolific oeuvre harnesses a profound visual language that is both highly personal and universally relatable. In Study for Miss Spring, Nara places his viewer in an encounter with a figure that embodies the very essence of childhood by conflating two important archetypes – the rebellious youth and the lonely child – in order to privilege both innocence and mischief. One may sense remnants of the artist’s longstanding desire to reconnect with a lost childhood transformed into the depiction of this iconic girl figure with a large head, upturned eyes and abbreviated body in an ethereal pastel-hued palette. By enshrining the eternal mystery embodied in the innocent yet wicked looking girl, Nara proposes the endless imaginative possibilities afforded to us by daring to conjure the prejudice-free state of childhood in the adult-present.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled, and dated '"Study for Miss Spring" Nara [in Japanese] 2012' on the reverse

Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Yoshitomo Nara

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.

Japanese, b. 1959, Hirosaki, Japan

Group Shows

Seoul Korea ,
Faces: from Warhol to Chun Kyung-ja
10H TS
Infinite Diversity
Masters Projects, 
Stare Into The Rising Sun (Editions by Contemporary Asian Art Stars)
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