Top of the World, 2002 - Yoshitomo Nara

About the Work

About Top of the World

Yoshitomo Nara has gained cult-like notoriety for his cartoon-like depictions of children with misshapen heads, oversized eyes, and devilish expressions that contradict their very cuteness. The absence of his famous characters in this print—which features an elongated bench with ...

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Yoshitomo Nara has gained cult-like notoriety for his cartoon-like depictions of children with misshapen heads, oversized eyes, and devilish expressions that contradict their very cuteness. The absence of his famous characters in this print—which features an elongated bench with a child perched on top with only his or her feet showing—seems to be an artist joke.

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About the Artist

About Yoshitomo Nara

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan's Pop art movement in the 1990s. Drawing inspiration from ...

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Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan's Pop art movement in the 1990s. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoonish qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara's illustrations of children, who are often brandishing weapons, are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent.

Nara has assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations—however the themes surrounding his work touch on broader social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Though he works mainly in painting and drawing, he also experiments in sculpture and installations.

Since his first solo exhibition at Blum and Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, from Iceland to Japan to France to the United States.

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Top of the World, 2002

Yoshitomo Nara

Print

Description

One color photogravure and drypoint.

Dimensions

The quoted dimensions for this print are for the paper size. The actual image size is 15.5" x 6.125".

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This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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