• Guitar Girl, 2003

    Guitar Girl, 2003

    Yoshitomo Nara

    Price on request

    Signed, dated and numbered in pencil from an edition of 75

    Lithograph in colours, on Japan paper laid to Arches wove paper

    25 3/5 × 19 7/10

    Yoshitomo Nara's "Guitar Girl" isn't just a portrait; it's a potent symbol of contemporary Japanese youth. Standing against a flat, often mono-colored backdrop, the young woman, with her signature oversized eyes, embodies a complex mix of emotions. Nara's bold lines and vibrant colors, reminiscent of manga and pop art, create a visually striking image.

    Art historians connect "Guitar Girl" to the disillusionment and disenfranchisement felt by many young Japanese in the early 21st century. The economic stagnation and social pressures of the time fostered a sense of rebellion and a yearning for individuality. The electric guitar, often oversized in Nara's depictions, becomes a symbol of this defiance, referencing the rebellious spirit of punk rock and rock and roll.

    However, "Guitar Girl" isn't simply a rock and roll cliche. The ambiguity in her expression, a mix of defiance and vulnerability, hints at a deeper emotional complexity. This tension resonates with art historical references. Some see echoes of the "bishōnen" (beautiful youth) archetype in Japanese art history, while others draw comparisons to the existential themes explored in postwar European and American art.

    Ultimately, "Guitar Girl" transcends a specific time and place. Nara has crafted a universal symbol of youthful rebellion, self-expression, and the search for identity in a complex world.

    Excellent condition.  Framed to museum standards. 

    "Even if I knew there would be no one out there to look at my work, I would still make the exact same thing."

    Yoshitomo Nara

    Yoshitomo Nara (born 1959) is a prominent Japanese artist known for his captivating paintings and sculptures that feature children as central figures. Born in Hirosaki, Japan, Nara's artistic journey began influenced by both Western music, discovered through American Forces Radio, and traditional Japanese doga illustrations.