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Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.48.57 Yoshitomo Nara, Mellow Girl, 2009

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 12.14.08 Yoshitomo Nara,Dizzy on Wheels,

Contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara is renowned for his Neo-pop works which feature doe-eyed subjects. His pieces feature characters which are almost cartoon-like, as if they are straight from the pages of a children's book. Nara boasts exhibitions in America, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Asia Society Museum in New York.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 11.52.42 Jiro Yoshihara, Work, 1971

Japanese painter Jiro Yoshihara is widely known for having co-founded Osak's Gutai group, which he was the head of until his death in 1972. The group represented Japan's ever-growing post-war art movement. Yoshihara concentrated on surrealism and abstract impressionism during this career. It was not until late in his career when his focus turned to circles, which can be seen here in the pictured work, completed a year before his passing.

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin

Yayoi Kusama's wide and varied career still stands her in the top spot as perhaps Japan's most important female contemporary artist. Her psychedelic use of images and colour handle such hard-hitting themes as feminism and mental health. Kusuma began painting at the young age of 10. She created images which conveyed her feelings of neglect and captured her other wordly visions.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 12.17.40 Yayoi Kusama, Shellfish

In 1957, following a letter from artist Georgia O'Keefe, she moved to New York to chase her career. Kusama made her presence known on the New York art scene. She broke into the Museum of Modern art, alongs with her assistants who were naked, to perform a piece. During the 1960s she exhibited alongside other avant-garde artists including Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.

In 1993 she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale, where she reached new heights of international recognition.

In 2008 Kusama became the best-selling living female artist as her pieces broke record prices at auction.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 12.07.16 Nobuo Sekine, Top of the Pyramid, 1982

Nobuo Sekine is an important member of the Mono-ha group, which was at its height in the 1960s and 70s. The group handled the juxtaposition of natural and industrial materials in transitory states, focusing on the elements and the space in which surrounded them.

The prize-winning artist has exhibited in many museums and galleries including Tokyo's Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

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