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Japanese Frogs (1994-)

This particular work was created while he was a graduate student and exhibited in the first exhibition ‘The World According to Us’ at Gallery Aries in 1994. Nakamura was inspired from a toy box drawing of frogs. He associated with popular culture, searching for something Kitsch. Combining the Campbell soup art of Andy Warhol and using Japanese art techniques on Washi (Japanese paper), he was able to combine the essence of fine art with Nihon-ga or traditional Japanese art.

Through his college years, majoring in Japanese art and learning the works, he couldn't deny feeling trapped in the closed minded traditional way of Japanese art. He broke the mold and strayed from the rigid works and created a contemporary art form the way he believes it should be. While Nihon-ga is sublime, the authoritative manner was not his style. Instead, he created the definition of cute, kitsch, “Pop” art images from mass productions and mass consumptions.
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中村ケンゴの作品

"Japanese frogs"
1995-2019 30 x 30 cm
mineral pigment, pigment and acrylic on Japanese paper mounted on wood panel

《ジャパニーズ・フロッグス》
1995-2019年 30 x 30 cm パネルに和紙、岩絵具、顔料、アクリル、樹脂膠
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中村ケンゴの作品

"Japanese frogs"
1994 130 x 97.0 cm
Mineral pigment and pigment on Japanese paper

《ジャパニーズ・フロッグス》
1994年 130 x 97.0 cm 和紙、岩絵具、顔料
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