YOSHITOMO NARA

Space Cat

  • medium Acrylic on Paper
  • edition 1
  • size 14.00w x 16.50h in
  • created 1991
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.

Collection Note:

Space Cat (1991) is one of the artist’s early acrylic paintings that depicts a cat — featuring his trademark expressive eyes — flying through space in a miniature spacecraft. The style is reminiscent of the popular Hanna Barbera-produced animated series The Jetsons (1962-63).

This acrylic-on-paper original was once owned by Shun Kurokochi, a key collector of the artist’s work, and has been widely exhibited in career surveys and solo exhibitions focused on the artist.

Yoshitomo Nara is renowned for his deceptively simple drawings and paintings that glean inspiration from manga and Walt Disney films. Nara’s work is reflective of post-World War II Japanese culture, which was flooded with an array of comic books, films, and images from American culture. His flat style is never one-dimensional in concept, however. Nara works in such a way in order to surface the emotional depth of children, adults, and animals.