Painter Chinatsu Ban, protégé of Takashi Murakami (yes, of Louis Vuitton fame), is representative of the vanguard of Japanese Neo-Pop artists specializing in “kawaii”, a cultural phenomenon highlighting all that is cute. Elements of kawaii include flat forms and wide-eyed characters with baby faces and oversized heads which float cartoon-like through saturated colours. Ban is particularly fond of gentle elephants in diapers, explaining that the elephant is a talisman for her, a symbol of salvation.
Artist: Chinatsu Ban
Chinatsu Ban will be participating in the exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture which opens tomorrow at the Japan Society.