While randomly clicking through links in various websites today, I was able to discover the fascinating work of Japanese graphic designer-turned-painter Tadanori Yokoo.
According to the profile found on the artist’s official website, Yokoo was born in 1936 in Hyogo Prefecture and rose to both national and international prominence by the late 1960s. From then until now, Yokoo remains to be one of Japan’s most famous figures in graphic design despite a major career shift from graphic design to painting in 1981. Yokoo has been identified numerous times as the Japanese Andy Warhol, and although his works indeed echo the quirkiness and creativity of the latter, I think the allusion is more of a convenient and pretty inaccurate way to sum up the former’s craft for people who are hearing about him for the first time.
I don’t know much about art to create a deeper analysis of Yokoo’s work, to be honest. But I do like looking at the more offbeat ones, which was why his work easily appealed to me. I find it remarkable how unique Yokoo’s personal style was – an East-meets-West blend of old and new.