Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami in an internationally known and renowned contemporary Japanese artist. He was born on February 1, 1962 in Toyko, Japan. From a very early age, he was very interested in the Japanese comic animation and manga, and declared that he was hopeful to someday work in the art industry – specifically animation. These early influences can be seen throughout his artwork.

Takashi Murakami went on to study at the Tokyo University of the Arts, or T.U.A., where he was studying to master the specific skills necessary to become an animator. However, his school path took a turn, as he ended up majoring in Nihonga, which is an older, traditional style of Japanese painting that utilizes traditional Japanese artistic techniques and subjects.

While working as an artist in contemporary Japan, Takashi Murakami realized that he was greatly dissatisfied and disappointed with the current state of Japanese art, feeling that it was almost too Westernized. For this reason, much of the early work he produced has a touch of satire, and a tongue in cheek social and cultural criticism.

In this time, he also began to develop his very own pop icon, known simply as Mr. DOB, that would eventually work its way into a self portrait, to a certain degree. This theme of developing and morphing would continue to be seen throughout his later works, making it a continuing trend.

In the mid 1990s, Takashi Murakami developed and launched the Hiropon Factory, which was his own production workshop. He developed this workshop to be able to complete his work on a large scale, and it also allowed him to work with a more diverse mix of artistic media.

Takashi Murakami has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in today’s pop culture, whether it is in fashion, music, or something else. In 2002, Takashi Murakami started a long term collaboration and partnership with the iconic fashion brand Louis Vuitton, at the invitation of famed designer Marc Jacobs. Originally, he contributed by creating artwork that was then used in the design of a unique series of handbags. This particular series of bags is still, to this day, is easy to distinguish, and re-imagined the brand’s iconic monogram logo, and it proved to be a massive commercial success. Although he had previously worked with other designers and fashion brands in the past, it was this particular collaboration that really put him on the map, and garnered him widespread notoriety and fame.

Takashi Murakami Artwork

Takashi Murakami has written several books throughout his career, as well. His books include the following:

  • Geijutsu Kigyoron
  • Geijutsu Tosoron
  • Summon Monsters? Open the Door? Heal? Or Die?
  • Superflat
  • Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture

In addition to the books and collaborations, Murakami has also regularly been part of various exhibitions between the 1980s and continuing on to this day.

About Hamilton-Selway Fine Art 

If you are considering the purchase of Takashi Murakami artwork, whether you are in the market for a Murakami original or one of his limited edition prints, then you have come to the right place.

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Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a piece of art, then we hope that you will consider us to help you along your journey. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff is standing by and always ready to help you turn your art dreams and wishes into a reality. Find out for yourself why the thousands of our clients and friends have trusted us throughout the years, and why they chose to give us an opportunity to help them buy or sell their art. Take a tour of our website, and learn more about the artists in our collection. Give us a call, connect with us online, or – better yet – stop by and see us. We look forward to helping you find exactly what you are looking for!