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Oriental Art: Kaikai Kiki Co., Japan

Kaikai Kiki Co was founded by Takashi Murakami in 2001. It evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory, which was founded in 1996. Find out what it's about after the jump.

Tan Tan Bo Puking a.k.a. Gero Tan, Takashi Murakami 2002 Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 3600 × 7200 × 67 mm. Courtesy pf Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris & Miami

The goals of Kaikai Kiki Co. include the production and promotion of artwork, the management and support of select young artists, general management of events and projects, and the production and promotion of merchandise. The company employs roughly 50 people in its Tokyo headquarters and 20 people in its New York office and studio.



Besides Takashi Murakami, Kaikai Kiki represents selected young artists including: Mr., Aya Takano, Chinatsu Ban, Mahomi Kunikata, and Rei Sato. Let’s meet a couple of them.

Takashi Murakami
Murakami’s paintings, sculptures, and balloons are often colorful references to cartoon characters. He portrays “Japanese-ness” to question the lines between East and West, past and present, high art and popular culture. 

727, Takashi Murakami, 1996, 300×450 cm, Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, Collection: David Teiger

Mr.
Mr. began as the protégé of Takashi Murakami and has worked as an artist for over eight years. His work, Japanese in its anime-inspiration, ranges from drawings and paintings to large sculpture. He often portrays large-eyed characters in a sexual context.

In the Late Afternoon At The Convenience Store With Big Sister, Mr., 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 1500 mm diameter, Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris & Miami

Aya Takano
Takano is prolific as a manga artist, illustrator, and science fiction essayist. Her work is the exemplification of Japan’s post-war cultural affluence. Takano’s worlds are shiny and futuristic, yet soft and full of traditional and sensual imagery.

Moon, Aya Takano, 2004, Acrylic on canvas, 53×45.5 cm, Courtesy Issey Miyake Inc., Tokyo and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

Chinatsu Ban
Ban’s work features elephants and human figures floating against Japanese paper backgrounds or in front of candy-colored stripes. Ban’s characters are frequently shown wearing underpants or tights or sprouting cactus plants from their heads.

Meeting at flapping underpants, Chinatsu Ban, 2003, Acrylic on panel, 130.3×97cm, Courtesy Tomio Koyama Gallery

Rei Sato
Drawing from manga, but also from Impressionism and abstract painting, Sato is daring and bold in her use of color. Her compositions are fresh, full of energy, and of course, unique.

A miracle at a vacant lot, Rei Sato, 2008, Photo print, acrylic, water-based paint on canvas with aluminium frame, 3500 × 7200 mm, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

All images were taken from Kaikaikiki.co.jp.

written by webo29

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