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Provenance : Property from an prestigious France based collection.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Takashi Murakami is a renowned Japanese Contemporary artist who is often touted as
the ‘Warhol of Japan’. Born on 1 February 1962 in Tokyo Japan, Takashi is an artist
who has to a large extent change people’s perception about art. He does not believe in
the strict and stringent distinction of the West between high art and commercial art. His
work is a synthesis of fine art and pop culture wherein he incorporates the popular
anime and manga cartoon style. Right from childhood, Takashi was a fan of the anime
and manga comics and hoped to become an animator. He enrolled in the Tokyo
University of Arts to learn the necessary skills but ended up majoring in Nihonga, a term
which stands for traditional Japanese painting. He graduated in 1986 with a BFA and
got his MFA in 1988. He would eventually go on to get a PhD in Nihonga as well, but his
art was never confined to this one particular style. Early on in his career, he started
developing the popular pop icon ‘Mr Dob’ which often served as the artist’s self-portrait.
In 1994 Takashi Murakami received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and
moved to New York for a year. His time in New York was fruitful and there was
witnessed works by artists like Jeff Koons and Anselm Kiefer. Once he moved back to
Japan he established the Hiropon Factory, a studio which later grew into the now
famous art production and artist Management Company called Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd.
In fact, in 2000 he came into the limelight for coining the term ‘Superflat’ which stood for
the link between traditional Japanese art and contemporary Japanese visual culture.
The term became increasingly associated with Takashi Murakami’s individual style and
the other contemporary artists that he influenced. In 2000 he curated an exhibition by
the same name to further support his theory. The exhibition showcased works by
different artists whose art showcased this synthesis between the traditional and the
contemporary and highlighted the ‘flatness’ of Japanese visual culture. Takashi
Murakami is an artist whose work truly has no bounds. In 2002 at the invitation of
designer Marc Jacobs, he began a collaboration with Louis Vuitton by contributing his
artwork to be used for a series of handbags. He is truly one of the most prominent
contemporary artists of our times. The artist continues to live and work in Tokyo.