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Artist Research Paper#2_Yoshimoto Nara

Artist Research Paper#2_Yoshimoto Nara - Artist Research...

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Artist Research Paper Number 2 Yoshimoto Nara Yoshimoto Nara is a master of juxtaposition: he masterfully combines cuteness with eeriness. He has become famous in recent years for his figures and paintings of little children of animals which are both adorable and mean in appearance. He was born in 1959 of Japanese ancestry, and grew up as a poor child in the countryside in Hirosaki, Japan. During his youth, Japan was still recovering and growing economically from the devastation of World War II, and Western culture was changing Japan. These conditions would forever affect his artistic style and themes. After grade school, Yoshimoto earned a B.F.A. in 1985 and an M.F.A in 1987 from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts. When he was 34 years old, he completed a meisterschueler study at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf in Dusseldorf, Germany. Presently he lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshimoto Nara is an artist highly influenced by his childhood in a post-WWII Japan invaded by Western culture, ideas, and art. He was often alone, allowing his imagination to grow and be influenced by Western pop-culture like comic books, Disney animation, and punk rock music along with Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), Renaissance painting, minimalism, and graffiti. Over time he developed his old style of cartoon-ish, large-eyed figures reminiscent of 1960s Japanese anime. His style became part of the ???New Pop??? generation of Japanese artists of the 1990s. The New Pop tried to create a modern, uniquely
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