Yoshitomo nara skateboard

yoshitomo nara skateboard

In celebration of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's retrospective on Yoshitomo Nara, The Skateroom has partnered with the acclaimed. Title: Skateboard., 2001; Medium: prints and multiples, serigraph / screenprint; Size: 31 x 8 in. (78.7 x 20.3 cm.). High quality Yoshitomo Nara Skateboard-inspired gifts and merchandise. T-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more, designed and sold by independent.

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Yoshitomo Nara Skateboard Decks (Set of 2)

2017

Yoshitomo Nara Skateboard Decks (set of 2): These skate decks were created in 2017 under the supervision of Nara featuring his artworks 'Welcome Girl' (left) and 'Solid Fist' (right). Makes for standout Nara wall art that hangs with ease. Medium: Screen print on 2 individual maple wood skate decks. Dimensions: 31 x 8 inches (applies to each individual). Each new in original shrink wrapping. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Published by MoMa New York. Artist stamp appears front side below each image. Influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons, and punk rock, Yoshitomo Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants, and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization, and an omnipresent visual culture. Related Categories: Pop Art, Tokyo Artists, Comic/Cartoon, Japan, Contemporary Pop, Popular Culture, Contemporary Asian Art. KAWS. Takashi Murakami. Kusama. Supreme.

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YOSHITOMO NARA 'Welcome Girl' Skateboard Deck

'Welcome Girl' by Yoshitomo Nara, 2017
Skateboard Deck from Nara x MOMA.
8 x 31.5 Inches
Silkscreen print on 7-ply Canadian maple, hardwood skateboard deck.
New in shrinkwrap with original COA card.

ABOUT THE ART

This skateboard features a reproduction of the artwork Welcome Girl (2017) by Japanese painter, sculptor and draughtsman Yoshitomo Nara, an artist represented in MoMA’s collection. Made in Canada of 7-ply maple wood. Since the mid-1990s, Japanese born artist Yoshitomo Nara has become known for this playful yet bold images, his mindfulness in determining how and where his art will be seen and for the close personal connection to his art’s creation. Nara selects colors that breathe life into his figures; his sculptures bear traces of his fingers, and the spontaneity of his drawings are born of a daily discipline of experimentation.

ARTIST BIO

Since the mid-1990s, Yoshitomo Nara, an artist represented in MoMA’s collection, has exhibited around the world, working with a range of institutions he feels a strong affinity with. His approach to art-making is similarly dependent on his sense of connection to the process of creating—his paintings are expressions of colors that breathe life into his bold images; his sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms; and his drawings, a daily practice, capture the spontaneity of thoughts.

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The Skateroom Releases Limited Yoshitomo Nara Art Decks

In celebration of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s retrospective on Yoshitomo Nara, The Skateroom has partnered with the acclaimed Japanese artist and the institution to offer three limited skateboard editions: two triptychs and a standalone skate deck.

The designs for the collaborative series were inspired by a trio of major works from the momentous presentation: Untitled, Alone in the wind, and Peace Girl. Nara’s subjects of pastel-hued children with striking expressions are featured across the skate decks. Through this collaboration, The Skateroom will use proceeds from the sale to support global initiatives dedicated to empowering youth through skateboarding and education.

“The Skateroom is thrilled to be partnering for the first time with Yoshitomo Nara and the LACMA. This collaboration is a unique opportunity to eature some of Nara’s powerful work in the form of responsibly made art skateboard editions, especially with the goal of empowering youth all over the world,” expressed Charles-Antoine Bodson, The Skateroom founder. Prices for the skateboard editions start at $250 USD. They’re currently available on The Skateroom’s website.

The Yoshitomo Nara retrospective chronicles over three decades of the artist’s work from 1984 to 2020 – through the lens of his longtime passion for music. Following LACMA’s installment, the presentation will travel to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai (September–January 2021), the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (February-May 2021) and the Kunsthal Rotterdam (June-September 2021). LACMA is temporarily closed due to lockdown measures amid COVID-19, visit the museum’s website for updates.

Elsewhere, Studio DRIFT unveiled its latest sky installation comprised of 300 drones that illuminated the night sky in Rotterdam.

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Yoshitomo Nara Makes the Coolest Skateboards

Surface x MoMA Design Store

Embellished with the Japanese artist’s sweet, scrappy girls, these decks stand out from the rest.

BY TIFFANY JOW
PRODUCED FOR MOMA DESIGN STORE BY SURFACE STUDIOS
October 16, 2017

Yoshitomo Nara's white "Welcome Girl" (2017) and red "Solid First" (2017) skateboards.

Yoshitomo Nara is unafraid of tackling life’s big questions. His layered artwork, which typically depicts cartoonish girls plagued by grown-up thoughts, evokes feelings of isolation and rebellion with refreshing frankness. Such universally shared emotions have won him many fans, and permit his imagery to be equally successful in a gallery, on a T-shirt, or on the pages of a children’s book. It’s this accessible, egalitarian quality of Nara’s work that’s most compelling, and also what enabled his recent project: a pair of skateboard decks, available exclusively at the MoMA Design Store. (Currently on backorder, the boards will be back in stock in mid-November.)

The MoMA Design Store first floated the idea of a collaboration to the Japanese artist about two years ago. They embarked on the design process together, where Nara was exceptionally hands-on—he selected the materials, colors, and manufacturers himself. Made in Canada from seven-ply maple wood, each skateboard features an artwork created by the artist earlier this year. A milky white board, titled “Welcome Girl,” depicts one of Nara’s scrappy, brooding girls, while a red board, called “Solid Fist,” features a more sinister youngster standing atop a skull and crossbones.

Nara’s admirers will recognize these irresistibly angsty creatures. “His work is playful and translates remarkably [well] on a certain type of object,” says MoMA’s director of merchandising, Emmanuel Plat, who worked with Nara on the collaboration. “His art is trans-generational.” Nara draws from his own experience growing up in Hirosaki in post-World War II Japan, where music and animals provided solace in the midst of loneliness. Today, the Museum of Modern Art holds more than 150 of Nara’s works in its collection. Pieces like “It ain’t always easy” (1992–2000) or “Untitled” (2000), showcase the cute but captivating emotional directness that’s defined Nara’s work since he began exhibiting in Japan and Europe in the 1980s.

Next year, Nara and MoMA will introduce another collection that will include pencils, band-aids, and a range of paper goods. It’s the largest collaboration he’s developed with an institution in recent years. But the extent of the project speaks to a more overarching takeaway of Nara’s work—that all of us carry around childhood experiences, and having them referenced on everyday objects is a heartening reminder of what’s shaped us.

For more information, go to store.moma.org.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection6

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "Orange dress girl with stars" (1992-2000). Crayon on paper. 8 3/8 x 8 1/4" (21.3 x 21 cm) (irreg.). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Teiger in honor of Agnes Gund.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "Untitled" (2000). Synthetic polymer paint and colored pencil on paper. 20 1/8 x 14 1/4" (51.1 x 36.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "Drawings of girls" (1992-2000). Blue ink and crayon on graph paper. 8 1/4 x 5 7/8" (21 x 14.9 cm) (irreg.). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Teiger in honor of Agnes Gund.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "Sunny Side Up" (1992-2000). Crayon on lined paper. 8 1/4 x 6" (21 x 15.2 cm) (irreg.). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Teiger in honor of Agnes Gund.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "It ain't always easy" (1992-2000). Felt tipped pen and crayon on paper; pencil and crayon and ballpoint pen on paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Teiger in honor of Agnes Gund.

Work by Yoshitomo Nara from MoMA's Collection

Yoshitomo Nara, "UP girl in green dress" (1992-2000). Crayon and pencil on graph paper; ballpoint pen and crayon on graph paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Teiger in honor of Agnes Gund.


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Yoshitomo NARA

Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister. A contemporary of Takashi Murakami, Nara has been influenced by popular culture in both Eastern and Western society. His versatile practice explores themes of isolation, rebellion, and spirituality through printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and installations.

Born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned both his BFA and MFA, and later at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during the late 1980s. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, among others.

To raise funds for social skateboarding projects benefiting at-risk youth, The Skateroom and Yoshitomo NARA bring you 3 time-limited editions featuring the artist’s trademark neo-pop visuals during a large solo exhibition at the LACMA (Los Angeles). This exhibition will also travel around the globe to the Yuz Museum (Shanghai, China), the Museo Guggenheim (Bilbao, Spain), and the Kunsthal (Rotterdam, Netherlands).

Through our collaborations with Yoshitomo Nara, we aim to raise $50,000 to fund the construction of Skateistan’s Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan.

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