YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B. 1959)
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B. 1959)

Q & A

Details
YOSHITOMO NARA (JAPAN, B. 1959)
Q & A
signed with artist’s signature, titled and dated 'Q & A 95' (on the overlap)
acrylic on canvas
67.9 x 54.6 cm. (26 3/4 x 21 1/2 in.)
Painted in 1995
Provenance
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
Acquired from the above by the previous owner
Anon. Sale, Christie’s London, 1 July 2009, lot 151
Private Collection, Asia (acquired at the above sale by the present owner)
Literature
Yoshitomo Nara, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works Volume 1 - Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 (illustrated, plate P-1995-030, p. 119).

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Lot Essay

Widely recognised as one of Japan's pre-eminent artists and praised for his sweet yet spiritually independent portrayals of solitary figures and animals, Yoshitomo Nara paints with soft colours, brimming black lines and deliberate roughness echoing the spontaneity and vivacity of children's paintings. In their simplistic exterior but brimming with remarkably complex sentiments, his works are deliberately deceptive. Despite some stylistic similarities with saturated colours, animation and fantasy which the average devotee of contemporary arts and those wholly unfamiliar still succumb to the ease and comfort of Nara's works, he has frequently stated that his works are not direct reflections of these contemporary art genres.

The disconnected or troubled youth of today, similar to solitary children of newly minted working class families in the post-war economic development, very much like Nara himself, derive acutely personal connections to Nara and his works, as if Nara's artworks are direct manifestations of their outlook. The accessibility and recognition of his paintings by a wide breath of audiences thus establishes Nara as part of contemporary pop culture itself. Painted in 1995, Q&A is an excellent demonstration of a clear expression of emotion that appeals to the audiences, drawing every person to revisit the past experiences relevant to Nara's depicted subject.

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