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THE ARTISTS

Nanami Cowdroy

Nanami Cowdroy juxtaposes foreign and familiar making illustrations that are products of her exotic imagination. Using the pen and ink techniques she depicts strong and deep compositions characteristic for her monochrome palette.

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is one of the most well-known and popular Japanese artists alive today. Murakami’s work is heavily influenced by Japanese anime and manga, traditional Japanese arts, and American Pop art.

Art Movement/Techniques

POP Art/SUPERFLAT

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass cultures, such as advertising, comic books, and mundane cultural objects.

In 2001, Murakami developed a style of art called Superflat. Superflat uses bright colors and repetitive designs that reflect popular Japanese culture. Often categorized as a Japanese form of Pop Art, Superflat has become an international phenomenon reinvigorating Pop Art.

Traditional Pen & Ink

Pen & Ink is often black and white, but not always. Elements like shading and color gradients are absent, allowing the focus to rest firmly on the lines themselves.

Principle of Design

Contrast

An abrupt change; a strong difference. Often refers to a change in tonal value creating a visual discord in a composition. Makes shapes easier to see.

Repetition

An object that repeats.

Pattern

A series of images that are repeated in an orderly way.
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