Tokyo-based artist Yoshitomo Nara produces playful paintings and sculptures of “pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines.” Highly illustrative and undeniably inspired by anime, these figures are often accompanied by comicbook-like quotations—a key attribute of Pop Art masters like Roy Lichtenstein.
A major figure of the Japanese Pop Art movement of the 1990s, Nara continues to work in the recognizable style that characterizes his early work.
British artist Julian Opie is equally known for his minimalist sculptures and his graphic paintings that flirt with form and play with color. Distinctively outlined in black, these experimental line drawing portraits convey Pop Art's bold aesthetic and communicate its ability to make art accessible.
Like many other modern-day Pop Artists, Opie's signature style is rooted in the Neo-Pop movement of the 1980s. Showcasing ample inspirations—including, according to Lisson Gallery, “classical portraiture, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as public signage, information boards and traffic signs”—his work distinctively puts a contemporary twist on age-old art forms.
With a career spanning fine art and commercial endeavors, multidisciplinary artist Takashi Murakami creates cartoon-esque works influenced by Japanese traditions. Coined “superflat,” his psychedelic style is characterized by a candy-colored palette and anime-inspired figures—including his iconic multicolored flowers.
In addition to painting and sculpture, Murakami dabbles in design, animation, fashion, and merchandise.