With his artwork adorning Kanye West’s new album, seems like Takashi Murakami’s art has been everywhere of late. If you don’t know who he is you’re about to find out, with Supreme announcing a new series of skate decks featuring his shamelessly bright “superflat” art alongside the suggestive manga-inspired works of his understudy, Mr. The series of 6 decks will be out at Supreme outlets in the coming weeks, and online at a new Supreme online store come September 20.
World-renowned Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, was born in Tokyo in 1962.
By proposing the concept of “Superflat”, he interprets modern Japanese culture in a state where the line between high and low culture has been melted. As an artist, Murakami questions the relationship between East and West, past and present, fine art, pop culture and mass media.
In 1996, Murakami founded the Hiropon Factory in order to produce large scale art works with his group of assistants and in 2001 it evolved into KaiKai Kiki. With bases in Tokyo, Saitama, and New York, Kaikai Kiki is a pioneering organization which aims to broaden the horizons and parameters of Japanese contemporary art.
One of Murakami’s most loyal assistants, also known as Mr., born in Cupa in 1969, has a body of work that thrives on the “otaku” culture of Japan. Mr. adopted his name from the national baseball superstar Shigeo Nagashima’s alias “Mister”.
His work often portrays cute cartoon characters in a highly sexual context and embodies the Lolita-esque fascination with young children which are commonplace in Japanese comics.