Yoshitomo Nara -- In the Cloud


Lithograph printed in colors on Arches wove paper, signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, framed in bleached wood with UV plexi
12.25 x 9.375 inches (image), 16.75 x 12.875 inches (sheet)
Edition 14/150 + 29 AP
Excellent condition

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Private Collection, Minneapolis

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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.

Nara is a central figure within contemporary Japanese art. He is associated specifically with the rise of Superflat art; a term coined by Nara's compatriot Takashi Murakami to describe a movement that blends a two-dimensional (flat) graphic design with the more contemplative interests of fine art. One of the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation, Nara's widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. His work is held in the collections of major museums globally, with a thirty-year survey of his career recently exhibited at LACMA in Los Angeles.