With his artwork adorning Kanye Westâ€™s new album, seems like Takashi Murakami's art has been everywhere of late. If you donâ€™t know who he is youâ€™re about to find out, with Supreme announcing a new series of skate decks featuring his shamelessly bright â€œsuperflatâ€ art alongside the suggestive manga-inspired works of his understudy, Mr. We have the three decks in store now.
World-renowned Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, was born in Tokyo in 1962.
By proposing the concept of â€œSuperflatâ€, he interprets modern Japanese culture in a state where the line between high and low culture has been melted. As an artist, Murakami questions the relationship between East and West, past and present, fine art, pop culture and mass media.
In 1996, Murakami founded the Hiropon Factory in order to produce large scale art works with his group of assistants and in 2001 it evolved into KaiKai Kiki. With bases in Tokyo, Saitama, and New York, Kaikai Kiki is a pioneering organization which aims to broaden the horizons and parameters of Japanese contemporary art.
One of Murakamiâ€™s most loyal assistants, also known as Mr., born in Cupa in 1969, has a body of work that thrives on the â€œotakuâ€ culture of Japan. Mr. adopted his name from the national baseball superstar Shigeo Nagashimaâ€™s alias â€œMisterâ€.
His work often portrays cute cartoon characters in a highly sexual context and embodies the Lolita-esque fascination with young children which are commonplace in Japanese comics.