Yoshitomo Nara (1959) is a Japanese artist from Hirosaki, Japan, he now works and lives in Tokyo. His work is strongly influenced by Manga, and can be categorized as part of the Super Flat movement. He tends to depict seemingly innocuous subjects like children and animals, drawn in soft pastel colours, but at a closer look one can see the subjects sometimes brandish weapons like knives and saws, and that their wide eyes often hold accusatory looks, or even undiluted expressions of hate. Nara, however doesn’t see them as aggressors, merely as being respondent to grown-ups with weapons.
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