Yoshitomo Nara is one of Japan’s most well-known artists. His cartoon-like paintings, drawings and sculptures are deceptively simple, depicting children in a variety of activities who wear expressions of contempt. Nara’s influences are derived from eastern and western pop culture, and the artist attended the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts in Japan and Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany. Now, Nara’s imagery and illustrations can be found internationally on a variety of commercial products and in prominent galleries. In 2006, the artist exhibited with Stephen Friedman Gallery in London and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanawawa, Japan. Nara has also exhibited in the U.S. with the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City and Blum and Poe in Los Angeles. In addition, Nara has produced several custom toys and published numerous books, including “Lullaby Supermarket” and “Over the Rainbow”, both released in 2005.