About Daruma Portraits:
Daruma, the grand patriarch of Zen art, was an Indian sage who lived during the fifth or sixth century and was the founder of Zen Buddhism. Legend has it that he attained enlightenment after sitting in meditation before the wall of the Shaolin monastery for nine years, without blinking his eyes. During this process, his arms and legs atrophied, withered, and fell off. In today’s Japan, Daruma’s continuing popularity as the embodiment of resilience and determination has given rise to an entire industry of good luck charms in the form of armless, legless, and eyeless dolls, available in endless variations. Murakami’s interpretations of the icon are similarly varied, fusing tradition with a heterogeneous range of artistic and cultural inspirations.
For a few days only, we are offering a set of Daruma Portraits, heavily discounted.
The set includes 4 Offset Lithographs, from a Limited Edition of 300, 70x81cm, signed and numbered by the artist.
The set includes the following prints:
– FROM THE PERCEIVED DEBRIS OF THE UNIVERSE, WE ARE STILL YET UNABLE TO REACH THE STAGE OF NIRVANA (€ 2.000 ex. VAT)
– MY ARMS AND LEGS ROT OFF AND THOUGH MY BLOOD RUSHES FORTH, THE TRANQUILITY OF MY HEART SHALL BE PRIZED ABOVE ALL (€ 1.650 ex. VAT)
– INITIATE THE SPEED OF CEREBRAL SYNAPSE AT FREE WILL (€ 2.800 ex. VAT)
– THE ROAD TO ILLUMINATION STRETCHES TOO FAR AHEAD (…) (€ 2.800 ex. VAT)
About Takashi Murakami:
Takashi Murakami was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and he is undoubtedly one of the leading contemporary Japanese artists and a favourite of international collectors. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is particularly known for blurring the line between high and low arts. In his work he combines traditional Japanese imagery with (Japanese) pop culture, while his art combines a wide range of media.
The use of vibrant colors, the incorporation of motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture and the use of flat or glossy surfaces are common in his work. The content could be described at once as “cute”, “psychedelic”, or “satirical”.
He often works with a cast of unique characters that he has created straight from his imagination. They dominate his art and appear across all of the many mediums that he works with. Among his best known recurring motifs are smiling flowers, iconic characters, mushrooms, skulls, Buddhist iconography, jellyfish, and the sexual complexes of otaku culture. As a result, Murakami’s distinctive “Superflat” style challenges our ideas on secular and religious visual culture. It is often both a commentary on, as well as a homage to the history of art.
About our Collection:
Famous is proud to offer one of the most varied collections of Murakami prints around. Explore our collection on our website, our Instagram and feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]. We are more than happy to welcome you in our gallery as well. Find us on Weteringschans 83, Amsterdam – right in the Art District.