There are so many Japanese artists I admire. Most of whom are now pushing up the daisies, but their wood block creations are admired the world over.
Firstly there is Yayoi Kusama. She was born in Japan in 1929 moving to New York in 1957. During the early 60's after switching mediums Kusama started to produce sculpture and installations as her primary media, which became a fixture of the New York avant-garde scene and from there became associated with the pop art movement. Not one to shy away from the hippie culture that was emerging Kusama came to the public attention when she organised a series of “happenings” (you'd probably call them a flash mob these days) These happenings saw naked participants painted with brightly coloured polka dots.
Yayoi Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan. Selling one of works for $5.1million dollars back in 2008 at a Christie's auction in New York!
Sadly since her childhood Kusama has suffered nervous disorders and hallucinations so she choose to go back to Tokyo and live in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital,. She has been there since 1977. Kusama's art studio was built opposite and every day, health permitting, she takes a journey from the hospital to her studio to create works of art. I found this blog from the Tate Modern for children to better understand artist, here it is
Here is a You Tube video of Kusama creating one of her works
Naked flash mob created in Hull by Spencer Tunick in the name of art. Alas Kusama's flash mob is not on the internet.