Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara is one of Japan's most influential Neo 
Pop artists. He often depicts animals and people, most of 
the time children are depicted, referring to the past 
through memories of his childhood. 'His popular appeal 
masks the serious social and personal dimensions of his 
work - feelings of helplessness and rage, and a sense of 
isolation in a hyper - networked society'. (Chiu. 2010) 

Yoshitomo Nara's work often depicts a cute childlike 
quality to it; this is seen through the use of media and 
technique and also through what is actually depicted in the 
image, so the actual physical picture itself. 

Nara manages to combine this cute quality of his work 
with a quite menacing quality. Depicting certain 
characters with dark evil eyes, perhaps referring to 
aspects of Manga and Anime. Using references like this 
in his drawings and paintings links in with the type of 
childhood that Nara had. Perhaps reading comics draws 
on the isolation he felt as a child, and not socializing with 
other children when he should have been playing and 
having fun has perhaps triggered this sense of isolation, 
helplessness and rage that he feels because of this deprivation.  

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