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2... Yoshitomo Nara,Dizzy on Wheels

1... Yoshitomo Nara, Mellow Girl, 2009

Yoshitomo Nara is best known for his Neo-pop works which feature wide-eyed subjects. His works focus on characters which are almost cartoon-like, as if lifted from the pages of a children's book. Nara works have been exhibited in America, at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and New York's Asia Society Museum.

7…. Jiro Yoshihara, Work, 1971

Painter Jiro Yoshihara is renowned for having co-founded Osak's Gutai group, which he was the leader of until his death in 1972. Gutai group represented Japan's expanding post-war art scene . Yoshihara focused on surrealism and abstract impressionism during his lifetime. Late on in his career he focused on circles, depicted here in the pictured work, which was finished a year before his passing.

4.... Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin

Yayoi Kusama's vibrant career places her in the top spot as quite possibly  Japan's most recognised female contemporary artist. Her psychedelic colours and imagery convey themes such as as feminism and mental health. Kusuma's passion for art began at 10 years old when she began to create pieces which reflected her inner thoughts of neglect and her hallucinations.

5... Yayoi Kusama, Shellfish

In 1957 artist Georgia O'Keefe wrote to Kusama encouraging her to move to New York, which she did. Kusama began to make the New York art scene her stomping ground. It is rumored she once broke into the Museum of Modern art, along with her assistants who were naked, to perform a piece. In the 1960s her work was exhibited along with avant-garde artists such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.

She represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993, where she achieved new heights of international recognition.

Kusama became the best-selling living female artist as her works broke auction records in 2008.

7.... Nobuo Sekine, Top of the Pyramid, 1982

Nobuo Sekine is member of the Mono-ha group, which was most important in the 1960s and 70s. The group focused on the opposition of natural and industrial materials in transitory forms and the elements and the space which encases them.

The multi award winning artist has exhibited in Tokyo's Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

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