Yoshitomo NARA (1959)

Other possible identifications: after, attributed

Born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara obtained his master’s degree in fine arts from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in the 1980s and 1990s.

On his return to Japan he studied the Japanese neo-pop movement alongside Takashi Murakami. Under the apparent innocence his paintings of animals and children painted with big eyes in the manga style remind us of Margaret Keane’s paintings, the characters often have a hateful gaze or a weapon in their hand. One example: Knife Behind Back, sold for a staggering $ 24.9m, at Sotheby’s on October 6, 2019.


  The 17th most successful artist in the world (by 2020 annual auction turnover), Joan MITCHELL is above all the highest ranked female artist (after 16 men). Her annual total for last year exceeded that of hot signatures like Yoshitomo NARA (id: 171599), Yayoi KUSAMA and BANKSY. In the current health crisis, Joan Mitchell has […]

Neighbouring a Chinese market as powerful as that of the United States in terms of auction turnover, Japan generates only 2% of Asia’s total fine art auction revenue. This is of course a relatively small share at the global level, but in national terms its the eighth largest in the world after Italy and Switzerland […]

December’s art sales will mark the last salvo of what has been – despite everything – an extraordinary year on the art auction market. Artprice takes a quick look at the most eagerly awaited works on offer as the year’s end approaches. Christie’s Hong Kong… 2 December Visits started on 21 November in New York […]

“In spite of the current geopolitical challenges, the market is confident” said Francis Belin, Head of Christie’s Asia-Pacific zone, after their programme of Hong Kong sales in November. In five days, Christie’s HK sales generated a total turnover of $337 million which included $159.7 million from its sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art of […]

As Artprice by Art Market has just released it Annual Contemporary Art Market Report, we take a look at the first auction records of the new season. $12.2 million for Banksy’s political parody  Devolved Parliament is a huge painting (250 x 420 cm) completed 10 years ago, the biggest known canvas by Britain’s most popular living […]