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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