After 20 years as Takashi Murakami's protégé , Mr. has developed a career as an artist by focusing on anime and video game-esque renditions of everyday Japanese girls.Read More
Singlehandedly undoing the stigma of producing paintings or drawings on paper in an anime style, Mr. has proved to be the first of his kind and the number of people following him on Japanese social networking sites like pixiv continues to grow dramatically.
Mr.'s body of work can be likened to the display of art in one's own dirty bedroom. In fact, many of the new installation strategies which are emerging in Japan, as seen in events such as Tokyo's "Chaos Lounge," drew strong influence from Mr.'s practice.
After years spent labouring in the underground, Mr. is now becoming a major presence in the mainstream.
Text courtesy Gin Huang Gallery.
With its cast of big-eyed, childlike "kawaii" characters, Mr.'s art may appear playful and carefree—but there's a darkness that lurks behind the 49-year-old Japanese artist's paintings.