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Japanese artists

Do you have a weakness for Japanese art? Located on an isolated island, Japanese art remained uninfluenced by Western society for a long time. In traditional Japanese art, we often see woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), hanging scrolls (kakejiku), or illustrated handscrolls (emaki). Most often, these traditional artworks will also include calligraphy (shodo). These mediums are distinct characteristics of traditional Japanese arts. Famous traditional artists include Utamaro and Utagawa Toyokuni. More recently, Japanese modern and contemporary art has been explosive in today's art world. What was once an isolated entity, has now become a highly sought-after commodity. Artists like Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama have dominated the art scene by creating wildly out-of-this-world works that contribute to Japan's thriving artistic state. Despite the initial unease towards Western influence, Japanese art has been anything sort of successful. 


Since the success of Superflat, a contemporary art movement influenced by Japanese anime, manga and pop culture and founded by Takashi Murakami, Japanese artists have invaded the international art scene.

Japanese art is distinguished by its great diversity. Some artists, such as Yoshitomo Nara, with his drawings of children and dogs with large naive eyes, retain, with a focus on the theme of innocence, the sensitive and fragile aspect of their traditional art. Others add to their art a degree of provocation and eroticisicm. Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono, both provocative and sometimes erotic, began their careers as artists during the 1960s in New York working with the movements Happening and Fluxus, respectively.

Others still are interested in the history of their country, pop culture or the consumer society. Ryoko Watanabe, for example, is inspired by Japanese stereotypes such as the Geisha and incorporates such characters into modern and urban landscapes.

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Takashi Murakami

Japan

Maiko Kobayashi

Japan

Hiro Ando

Japan

Kumi Sugaï

Japan

Yoshitomo Nara

Japan

Nobuyoshi Araki

Japan

Yayoi Kusama

Japan

Léonard Foujita

Japan

Atsuko Ishii

Japan

Fuh-mi

Japan

Chiho Aoshima

Japan

Kenro Izu

Japan

Chiharu Shiota

Japan

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Japan

Go Segawa

Japan

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Japan

On Kawara

Japan

Daido Moriyama

Japan

Tsuyu Bridwell

Japan

Suki Da

Japan

Hikari Shimoda

Japan

Madsaki

Japan

Shohei Otomo

Japan

Teppei Ikehila

Japan

Hiroyuki Moriyama

Japan

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japan

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Japan

Yoko d'Holbachie

Japan

Takahiro Kudo

Japan

Yuriko Takagi

Japan

Miki Wanibuchi

Japan

Mitsouko Mori

Japan

Izumi Kato

Japan

Makiko Furuichi

Japan

Akané Kirimura

Japan

Shu Takahashi

Japan

Mami Kiyoshi

Japan

Adam Norgaard

Japan

Aki Kuroda

Japan

Fusako Ekuni

Japan

Katsuko Kuroya

Japan

Shinya Nakazato

Japan

Joji Nakamura

Japan

Akihito Takuma

Japan

Miwako Yamaguchi

Japan

Potchi Moopp

Japan

Roamcouch

Japan

Takeru Amano

Japan

Susumu Shingu

Japan

Miyuki Takanashi

Japan

Hiromi Sengoku

Japan

Hiroaki Onuma

Japan

Yurika Horikawa

Japan

Aya Toshikawa

Japan

Kawamura Gun

Japan

Bishin Jumonji

Japan

Jimmy Yoshimura

Japan

Koji Nagai

Japan

Tadashi Kawamata

Japan

Minako Asakura

Japan