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100 Artists are Celebrating Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary in a Massive Group Exhibition

Hello Kity Art at Corey Helford Gallery

Okuda San Miguel ‘Hello Kitty Skull’ (synthetic enamel on wood, 39.4 x 39.4 inches)

For 45 years, Hello Kitty has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. She’s a symbol of kindness and friendship whose fan base spans generations, and her image has been seen on countless products, experiences, and beyond. The cartoon cat is getting the recognition she deserves through a special group exhibition featuring 100 artists from all over the globe. Called Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show, Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is hosting this big bash in partnership with Sanrio, the parent company of Hello Kitty.

The massive exhibition showcases a range of interpretations of the illustrated character, and in doing so, examines Hello Kitty’s influence on popular culture. Each artist combines the image of her with their own artistic style and visual language. Sometimes, as in the work of Kazuki Takamatsu, the image of Kitty is displayed exactly as we know her—a cute, childlike feline who dons a bow on her slightly-too-large head.

In other pieces, however, Kitty is reimagined in surprising ways. The artist Kukula pictures her as a baby in a heavily embellished Rococo-style painting. Kitty is relatively small compared to the overall composition, but you can’t miss her iconic face. Although Kukula and Takamatsu's artworks are completely different, they are both a testament to how the character is so ingrained in our world that she can seemingly be anything and anywhere.

The Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show will be on view at the Corey Helford Gallery from June 29 to August 3, 2019.

The Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles is hosting a special Hello Kitty art show to celebrate the iconic character's 45th anniversary.

Hello Kity Art at Corey Helford Gallery

100 artists have reinterpreted Kitty in many different ways.

Hello Kity Art Show at Corey Helford Gallery

Andrew Brandou ‘767778’ (acrylic, cel vinyl, acryla gouache, gold sumi ink on wood panel, 14 x 11 inches)

Hello Kity Art at Corey Helford Gallery

Olivia De Berardinis UNTITLED (acrylic on maple panel, 20 x 20 inches)

Hello Kity Art at Corey Helford Gallery

Mayuka Yamamoto ‘Kitty Boy’ (oil on canvas, 39.4 x 28.6 inches)

Hello Kity Art at Corey Helford Gallery

Kukula ‘Rocokitty’ (oil on panel, 16 x 12 inches)

Hello Kity Art Show at Corey Helford Gallery

Kazuki Takamatsu

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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