Yoshitomo Nara’s cartoon-like depictions of children and animals exhibit feelings of isolation hidden behind a seemingly adorable countenance. Here we see a house towering above a mountain; a child’s face is among its six bright-colored layers. The child’s eyes glare skeptically to the side. Nara has used thick black borders and flat depth of field to form his easily recognizable style.

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Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b.1959) lives and works in Tokyo. His work draws on his childhood experiences of spending time alone with only his imagination, comic books and family pets. As a result, much of his work includes images of seemingly innocent, wide-eyed and comic book-like children and dogs. His nightmarish graphics, for which he has gained an international cult following, are simultaneously vulnerable and provocative, and stand as a critical affront to the rigidness of certain aspects of Japan’s social conventions.

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Mushroom House, 2014
Lot Number 22
Ukiyo-e woodcut in colors
16.5 x 11.5 in (41.91 x 29.21 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil on recto

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Mushroom House
  • Dimensions
    16.5 x 11.5 in (41.91 x 29.21 cm)