The contemporary artist is known for blurring the edges between high and low art; work in fine art media painting and sculpture; commercial media animation, fashion, and merchandise. Nothing exists without the co-existence of other ends, duality prevails in art as ancient and contemporary, low and high, and western and eastern; The Japanese Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami learned for both sides having unblemished distinction between such realms, coined the term “Superflat” articulating cultural and aesthetic criticism of Japanese tradition and post-war society in cartoony paintings gathering commercial and fine art.
Murakami was born in Tokyo on February 01, 1962. To step into animation industry being an admirer of anime and manga, he joined Tokyo University of the Arts learn drafting skills but end majoring in Nihonga the traditional Japanese painting style. The artist emerged as Asian counterpart of the US pop artist using the same combination of commercial and fine art in colourful imageries.
Due to mass production Japanese animation style and comic graphic stories, disillusioned with Nihonga and inclined to Otaku Culture, which is Japanese term specifying people obsessive interest absorbed by anime and manga. Much of artist’s earlier works were done in the essence of satire and social criticism he achieved great recognition for Otaku designs producing larger than life fibreglass figurines exhibiting fetishism of the cosplay culture. Murakami artistic style and murals rendered characteristics of high glossy surfaces and life-size sculptures of anime statuettes.
In 1993, Murakami created his own pop icon name as “Mr DOB” serving as a self-portrait, described to have a circular head inscribing and stating the letter DOB left ear as a letter “D”, head o-shaped and right ear as letter “R” from shrivelling dada-like phrase meaning Why? Why?, Which had taken from the comic book “Inakappe Taisho” supposed to be iconically representing native culture with individuality.
In 1994, Murakami received a fellowship and joined a program in New York, exposed to and highly inspired by western contemporaries Jeff Koons and Anselm Kiefer, leads to establish a studio and Hiropon Factory in Japan to work on a more diverse and vast array of media which later grew as Kaikai Kiki. Murakami’s Hiropon transforms him into a globally recognized artiste; the pornographic fibreglass creation is an anime character with hugely lactating breasts. Explaining the sense of being prone to Otaku since high school, absorbing anime erotic and fantasy elements resulted in artwork finding his true self.
In the year 2000, Takashi Murakami exhibition of a theory, a two-dimensional style called Super flat. The individuality of the theory vigorously refined the native traditional methodologies with a mix of pop, anime and Otaku content, depicting aesthetic issue and cultural spurs within the dimensions of narrative characterize colour and graphic imagery that interpret a design originating from the visualization and inherited artwork. Super flat propelled Takashi to fame and helped to introduce Japanese creative culture across boundaries, such as artistries, and projects curated as a primary share of his creative work.
Takashi Murakami Superflat paintings style broadly allowing the subject matter to conceptually diverse and comprehend a variety of themes. The artwork discovers the sexual fetishism and consumerism prevalent in post-war Japan, and the variety arose from the exploration of Otaku sexuality, aimed the artist not to make his oeuvre as fine art, decided instead to promote him overseas first.
Murakami evolved Hiropon factory to Kaikai Kiki, an artist management agency and studio, promoting and nurturing the fresh, young and emerging talent, and grew as a collaborative source for like-minded artists. Motivated towards the artistry of Warhol, Van Gogh and Duchamp, the artist implies certain prerequisite for members of the corporation; madness infuses by the legendary artists that have gained away from the human capabilities.
Takashi Murakami hallucinogenic presentation of “In the Land of the dead Stepping of the tail of rainbow” held in Gagosian Gallery displays artist signature aesthetic of Superflat referring to the 2011 natural disaster of tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear meltdown exhibits the courses by which religion and art define mysterious tragedies defining the sense natural catastrophes and religious narratives by examining the artwork created in wake such disasters, to make sense and invent art stories.
Jellyfish a tribute to Japanese popular culture feature film by the artist debuted at Los Angeles Museum of Art, a story of a young child discovering him through an unusual friendship, another artwork was Superimposed Messi’s image on Murakami’s signature comic book style was part of his current series of portraying the world and cultural icons. The artwork was auctioned at Sotheby’s to raise fund for marginalizing societies purposing education.
Takashi Murakami’s art is the 21st-century most wanted in the art world and as an intriguing artist who broke the barriers of cultural impositions and acclaimed in international the domain, numerous exhibitions had displayed his artwork over two decades including the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Gagosian Gallery in London. Currently, he is working and residing in Tokyo.
Takashi Murakami Documentary, In conversation with Takashi, Superflat paintings