Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspired By -Takashi Murakami

I learned about contemporary artist Takashi Murakami recently, when I took the kids to his "EGO" exhibit at the Qatar Museum Authority. Naturally one is drawn to his whimsical characters KaiKai and KiKi, and the bright fun colours he uses in each piece.

The first thing that gets you when you enter the gallery, is the giant inflatable balloon of himself, sitting there like a giant Buddha. The likeness of him is amazing. I knew it was a balloon because this girl had to touch it. No detail was spared in this giant image of himself. Look closely and you will see the hairs on his legs; even a few scratches and sores.

Photos were not allowed inside the exhibition, so I have to rely on Internet photos to display some of his work here. There is an excellent review of the exhibition written on Buddhist Art News.

Self Portrait Of The Distressed Artist - 2009

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Time- Camouflage Moss Green - 2009
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His whimsical flowers and colours

One of many KiKi and KaiKai Paintings

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