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About the WorkKaikai and Kiki are Kaikai Kiki Ltd's mascots. “These two figures are spiritual guardians: Kaikai, white with big ears, and Kiki, pink with three eyes and more daunting than Kaikai. On the ears of the two figures can be seen the symbols of these two names in Japanese characters, names which are at the center of Murakami’s aesthetic universe. In fact, “Kaikai Kiki” is a Japanese word describing the works of Kano Eitoku, a 16th century painter. This not very well-known artist created a body of work based on the essential aesthetic approach that can be summed up in the idea that the bizarre and the refined go together, or the grotesque and sensitive are closely linked (again, think yin-yang). This is the opportunity to introduce another essential concept in Murakami’s work: the idea of “kawaii”, or the idea of “cute”. This does not refer to a peaceful world but to a refined world populated by the figures of Murakami.” – notes from Murakami Versailles 2010 exhibition, France.
Kaikai and Kiki: "Lots of Fun" is a 26.75 x 26.75 – inch hand-signed offset lithograph with cold stamp and high gloss varnish.
About the Artist
Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan on February 1, 1962. His influence for art derives from his mother, who studied needlepoint and designed textiles. Murakami knew he wanted to be an artist when he grew up, and had always taken a large interest in animation and comics. He studied art throughout much of his adolescence, and applied to study at Tokyo National University. He was accepted and later received his Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Music, in which he learned “Nihong”, or traditional Japanese painting. After his studies, Murakami moved to New York in 1994 and was exposed to, and inspired by, Western contemporary artists like Jeff Koons.