Yoshitomo Nara (b.1959) is a Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals.
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.
Yoshitomo Nara, Doggy Radio,Plastic ABS+ PC plastic, 43x23x35cm, 2011
Yoshitomo Nara, Hand Searching, Poly stone, acrylic, color pencil and mixed media, 11.8 inches (30 cm), 2017, Edition of 150
Yoshitomo Nara, Mori Girl, Mixed media 11.25 x 7.5 x 6 inches (28.5 x 19 x 15 cm), 2012, Edition of 200