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Lougher Contemporary Gallery Auction

Framed dimensions: 68.6 x 59 x 3.8 cm

Condition reports available on request.

Medium
Signature
Signed by both artists, dated and numbered, recto
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Lougher Contemporary

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.

High auction record
HK$195.7m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Yoshitomo Nara: After all I'm cosmic dustPace Gallery
2018
yoshitomo nara: all things must pass, but nothing is lost / precious days around me, sometimes farther along, sometimes under my feetPace/MacGill Gallery
2015
Life is Only One: Yoshitomo NaraAsia Society Hong Kong
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Hiroshi Sugito’s compositions are comprised of both abstract and concrete recurring motifs, often stylized beyond immediate recognition. For example, his paintings feature mountaintops, waves, blossoms, birds, military airplanes, missiles, fire, windows, and especially curtains; these are not used to convey conventional narrative, but rather as pictorial elements. In other works, Sugito creates alternate visualizations, for example, of sounds or nature. Sugito’s work is also known for its use of translucent layers—an effect he achieves by layering acrylic paint and dry pigment—lack of linear perspective, and generous use of empty space. Though he is deeply affected by traditions of western painting, Sugito is strongly influenced by his training in traditional Japanese painting techniques. More recently, the artist has begun to experiment with three-dimensional media.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
Tomio Koyama Gallery at Material Art FairTomio Koyama Gallery
Hiroshi Sugito's 《Apples and Triangles》Gana Art
2017
Art Fair TokyoTomio Koyama Gallery
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Untitled (Omaha), 2005

Lithograph
20 7/10 × 24 3/5 in
52.6 × 62.5 cm
Edition of 100
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Lougher Contemporary Gallery Auction

Framed dimensions: 68.6 x 59 x 3.8 cm

Condition reports available on request.

Medium
Signature
Signed by both artists, dated and numbered, recto
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Lougher Contemporary

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.

High auction record
HK$195.7m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

Hiroshi Sugito’s compositions are comprised of both abstract and concrete recurring motifs, often stylized beyond immediate recognition. For example, his paintings feature mountaintops, waves, blossoms, birds, military airplanes, missiles, fire, windows, and especially curtains; these are not used to convey conventional narrative, but rather as pictorial elements. In other works, Sugito creates alternate visualizations, for example, of sounds or nature. Sugito’s work is also known for its use of translucent layers—an effect he achieves by layering acrylic paint and dry pigment—lack of linear perspective, and generous use of empty space. Though he is deeply affected by traditions of western painting, Sugito is strongly influenced by his training in traditional Japanese painting techniques. More recently, the artist has begun to experiment with three-dimensional media.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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