You’ve probably seen bits and pieces by Japanese artist Yoshimoto Nara here and there as his output has been fairly prolific, along with Takashi Murakami he’s been at the forefront of popular Japanese art.
His work is unquestionably accessible with his whimsical childlike illustrations. Often featuring girls and dogs, his deceptively simple images are typically infused with tension and restlessness probably inspired by his love of punk rock, sometimes manifesting itself with portraits of children with piercing gazes or brandishing small weapons.
Fortunately for you, if you haven’t been following him since his first exhibition in 1984 (and frankly why haven’t you?), a collection of his entire work has been lovingly put together in a beautiful double volume including all of his drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures and more. I’d highly recommend picking it up!