This skateboard features a reproduction of the artwork Welcome Girl (2017) by Japanese painter, sculptor and draughtsman Yoshitomo Nara, an artist represented in MoMA’s collection. Made in Canada of 7-ply maple wood.
Since the mid-1990s, Japanese born artist Yoshitomo Nara has become known for this playful yet bold images, his mindfulness in determining how and where his art will be seen and for the close personal connection to his art’s creation. Nara selects colors that breathe life into his figures; his sculptures bear traces of his fingers, and the spontaneity of his drawings are born of a daily discipline of experimentation.
Why We Chose This
Since the mid-1990s, Yoshitomo Nara, an artist represented in MoMA’s collection, has exhibited around the world, working with a range of institutions he feels a strong affinity with. His approach to art-making is similarly dependent on his sense of connection to the process of creating—his paintings are expressions of colors that breathe life into his bold images; his sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms; and his drawings, a daily practice, capture the spontaneity of thoughts.