"DOB's March" by Takashi Murakami (1995). Acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Collection of Javier and Monica Mora, Miami.
Murakami's work is largely inspired by his upbringing in Japan, after the Second World War. Born in 1962, he began painting as a teenager at a time when cute, childlike images were gaining popularity. A fan of manga comics and anime, he absorbed those genres into his artwork.
Artist Takashi Murakami with correspondent Serena Altschul.
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"Dragon in Clouds - Red Mutation"
"Dragon in Clouds - Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, 'Why don't you paint something yourself for once?'" by Takashi Murakami (2010), with detail. Acrylic on canvas. 3670 x 18000 mm.
"From the perceived debris of the universe, we are still yet unable to reach the stage of nirvana" by Takashi Murakami (2008). Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on wood panel, signage in gold leaf. Collection of Cari and Michael J. Sacks.