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The Many Gorgeous Works of Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama

 Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 and raised in Matsumoto, Japan. She began her foray into art culture at a young age. In the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts, she was trained to create paintings in the traditional Japanese style called nihonga. Her creativity as well as her need to break from the norm was further forged by a traumatic childhood, caused by her parent’s turbulent relationship. She quickly grew frustrated with traditional Japanese art and sought inspiration in European and American art. She developed a fascination for the avant-garde style as well as abstract impressionism.

Her exhibitions, even today at age 91, focus on feminism, minimalism and the environment, and seek to bring brightness and color to every exhibit. Many of her pieces feature polka dots. She attributes this to the features of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, beautiful dots in this vast universe that help life thrive. In 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum was opened in Tokyo, Japan and exhibits a great many of her works, spanning the entirety of her 60+ year career. Let the art of this esteemed artist fill your life with fun polka dots and vibrant color! 

 

1. Butterfly, 1988 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Butterfly, 1988

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

2. Waves on the Hudson River, 1988 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Waves on the Hudson River, 1988

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

3. Ready to Blossom in the Morning, 1989 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Ready to Blossom in the Morning, 1989

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

4. Pumpkin, 1990

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Pumpkin, 1990

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

5. Petals, 1988

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Petals, 1988

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

6. Shoes, 1985

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Shoes, 1985

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

7. Pumpkin, 1983 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Pumpkin, 1983

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

8. Beyond the End of the Century, 1987

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Beyond the End of the Century, 1987

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

9. Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale on Orchard Road, Singapore, 2006 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale on Orchard Road, Singapore, 2006

(By Terence Ong, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

10. Dress, 1982 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Dress, 1982

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

11. Watching the Sea, 1989

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Watching the Sea, 1989

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

12. Mushrooms, 1995

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Mushrooms, 1995

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

13. Narcissus Garden in Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil, 2009

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Narcissus Garden in Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil, 2009

(By mishmoshimoshi, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

14. Traveling water, 1980

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Traveling water, 1980 

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

15. Flowers, 1983 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Flowers, 1983

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

16. Yellow Pumpkin, Naoshima, Japan, 2018

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Yellow Pumpkin, Naoshima, Japan, 2018

(By Ciakpicz, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

17. Dandelions, 1985 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Dandelions, 1985

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

18. Fields in Spring, 1988

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Fields in Spring, 1988

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

19. Infinity Room, 1965

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Infinity Room, 1965

(By Pablo Trincado, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

20. Infinity Mirror Room, 1965 

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Infinity Mirror Room, 1965

(By yigruzeltil, Wikiart)  

 

21. Obliteration Room, inspired by Infinity Room, 2015

Paintings, artwork, installations and exhibitions created by Yayoi Kasuma, 91 year old Japanese Abstract Impressionist Artist, Obliteration Room, inspired by Infinity Room, 2015

(By Helsinki Art Museum, Wikimedia Commons)  

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