The recurring image of the dog is one of the most important symbols in artist Yoshitomo Nara’s work for its ability to express a wide range of human emotions. A good example would be the artist’s famous illustration of “The Lonesome Puppy” – it portrays the dog as a being of richness and depth. Sculpture piece “Big Pup Head” consists of two pieces – one in white and the other in black. Nara’s playful, creative take renders the dogs almost mythical. The dogs’ gentle complexions combined with their ginormous presence elicit a feeling of childhood wonder and warmth. Materials: FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics)
Yoshitomo Nara has amassed an international following for his charming-but-peculiar renditions of children and animals via various media, the characters that he has created are some of the most recognisable images in contemporary Japanese art. The characters bear a variety of expressions: defiant, aggressive, melancholic or contemplative. Behind their adorable appearances lie the suggestion of a strong will and inexplicable feelings, reminding us of the depth of human psychology in which opposite emotions can coexist, stimulating our creative imagination.
Medium: FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics)
Size: 59 x 48 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches (150 x 123 x 125 centimetres)