Collaborations with

Yoshitomo NARA

Artist Collaborations
“In collaboration with the LACMA, Spring 2020 is all about Nara!” The Skateroom
Artist Bio

Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister, as seen in his work Do Not Disturb! (1996). A contemporary of Takashi Murakami, Nara has been influenced by popular culture in both Eastern and Western society. His versatile practice explores themes of isolation, rebellion, and spirituality through printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and installations.

Born on December 5, 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan, he studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned both his BFA and MFA, and later at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during the late 1980s. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, among others.

Collaboration info

To raise funds for social skateboarding projects benefiting at-risk youth, The Skateroom and NARA bring you 3 editions featuring the artist’s trademark neo-pop visuals during a large solo exhibition at the LACMA. This exhibition will also travel to Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands (2020-21).

Through the sales of these editions, we apply our 5:25 business model – 5% of the turnover or 25% of the profit, whichever amount is greater – to raising funds for tailor-suited grants to be allocated based on the needs of individual social projects.

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