Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 is getting ready to kick off. NANZUKA has just announced that the Japanese artist, Masato Mori, will hold a solo booth at the highly-anticipated event. The display will be apart of Art Basel’s Nova sector, which allows galleries to present one to three artists showing works created within the last three years. NANZUKA will present Mori’s never-before-seen pieces, including his latest sculptural works. These unique works of art were inspired by the paintings of Dubuffet and the simplistic forms of Picasso and Paul Klee.
Mori’s designs touch on themes of “innocence and mindless absorption in art.” Mori has created an aesthetic inspired by the manga, video games, and animations that pull influence from his childhood in the ’80s. Highlights include his sculptural works with vibrant colors and childlike humor. His art includes gritty, textural surfaces, referencing characters from comic books and games. His colorful imagery draws from his background as he began drawing by copying popular comic book characters. He uses a pen tablet to create the base of his drawings and completes the works by three-dimensionally overlaying paint. His paintings reflect “an air of heaviness reminiscent of outsider art.”
Take a closer look at select works from Mori’s solo booth at Art Basel’s Nova sector in the gallery below and keep it locked for much more from Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 coming very soon. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for much more from the art department coming very soon.
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