FLOWER BALL (3-D) SEQUOIA SEMPERVIRENS, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, 2002, JAPAN

Takashi Murakami is a leading figure in the art world, he coined the “superflat” art movement that combines Japanese anime and ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese block prints) influences. “My aesthetic sense was formed at a young age by what surrounded me: the narrow residential spaces of Japan and the mental escapes from those spaces that took the forms of manga and anime”. We can describe Murakami’s work like cartoons lost in a psychedelic world of neon colors. His style is immediately recognizable, super-slick gloss, unique, colorful and eccentric. Thanks to the Pop art influences of his artworks he gained the name of “The Warhol of Asia”.

When you see smiling flowers it’s sure that are Murakami’s artworks. In his smiling flowers it’s identified the “kawaii” term – the Japanese version meaning “cute” – that comes in with a shape of uniqueness and a bizzarre form. “At the beginning, to be frank, I didn’t like flowers, but as I continued teaching in the school, my feelings changed: their smell, their shape–it all made me feel almost physically sick, and at the same time I found them very “cute”. Each one seems to have its own feelings, its own personality”.

“Flower Ball (3-D) Sequoia Sempervirens” is a Pop and dynamic Murakami’s work composed by the – now iconic – smiling flowers. This work is an intense and saturated pattern that overwhelms and excites at the same time. Here is reflected his oscillation between repulsion and adoration of the subject.

Looking at his artworks you can feel the obsessive attention to details, every single piece is printed with a maniacal sensitivity to colour and a vibrancy that will pop off the wall. We can define Murakami has one of the most innovative artist in the contemporary art world.

G.F

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