Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami is the founder and director of the Kaikai Kiki art collective.
Takashi is the leading figure of the Superflat art movement.
‘Mr Dob.’ is Takashi’s signature character in his art.

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese painter, sculptor and film-maker, as well as the pioneer of the ‘Superflat’ art movement. Blending elements of high art with consumer culture and taking inspiration from both traditional Japanese painting and anime, Takashi’s intersectional approach has earned him prominence as one of the most celebrated contemporary artists working today. Takashi engages with the past, the present and the future, particularly the future of art, with his world renowned Kaikai Kiki art collective.

Superflat Art

In 2001 Takashi curated Superflat, an exhibition showcasing works by artists who explored all aspects of Japanese visual culture. From this show, the term ‘Superflat’ was coined, not only as an art movement, but as an art theory. The name draws focus to the ‘flatness’ of Japanese graphic and fine art, whilst also emphasising the emptiness of consumer culture. Artists working along Takashi to produce Superflat art include Chiho Aoshima, Yoshitomo Nara and Aya Takano, to name a few. Since its conception twenty years ago, Superflat art has been embraced and adopted by artists around the world, and exists as one of the most recognisable postmodern art movements today.

Takashi Murakami’s Collaborations

Characterised by bright colours and playful cartoon motifs, Takashi’s Superflat art quickly caught the attention of designers and creatives alike. Working with everyone from Louis Vuitton to Pharrell Williams, Takashi’s designs have become iconic, both in collaborations and under his own label, Kaikai Kiki. Soon after the inaugural Superflat exhibition, Takashi embarked on an extensive collaboration with Marc Jacobs to redesign the signature Louis Vuitton monogram. Takashi’s style is both versatile and distinct, which has cemented his influence as both an artist and a designer.

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Selected Works

So much fun by Takashi Murakami

So much fun

Prints - 69x69 cm
Jellyfish eyes - White 1 by Takashi Murakami

Jellyfish eyes - White 1

Prints - 50x50 cm
Flowers of Gratitude. by Takashi Murakami

Flowers of Gratitude.

Prints - 84x84 cm
Fireball by Takashi Murakami

Fireball

Prints - 84x84 cm
Inside the Soul by Takashi Murakami

Inside the Soul

Prints - 84x84 cm
Kansei: Like the River's Flow by Takashi Murakami
Inside the Rainbow's Heart by Takashi Murakami
Kansei: Skulls by Takashi Murakami

Kansei: Skulls

Prints - 71x71 cm
Dumb Compass. by Takashi Murakami

Dumb Compass.

Prints - 68x85 cm
Infinity. by Takashi Murakami

Infinity.

Prints - 68x85 cm

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Prints - 66x98 cm

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Prints - 66x98 cm

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Prints - 66x98 cm

And Then x6 Marine Blue

Prints - 50x50 cm

Korpokkur in the Forest

Prints - 77x92 cm

Multiverse, Flowers

Prints - 71x71 cm

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