Taro Takatora , 2017
Stainless Steel, 50 x 30 x 30 cm
USD 7,000 – 10,000
About the artwork
Hiro Ando’s sculpture pays homage to the film ‘Ran’ by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa which is often considered to be one of his finest achievements, and in which Jiro is the second son of the warlord Hidetora Ichimonji. The sculpture features a vivid red helmet, or Kabuto, worn by Samurais living in feudal Japan. Ando is renowned for his youthful neo-pop aesthetic, in which he creates a contemporary dialogue between past and present through his use of unexpected colours and surface treatments, such as steel. Through his colourful sculpture, Ando recontextualizes the Samurai warrior, an iconic symbol of Japan, within the culture of the modern day.
About the artist
Acquiring his degree from the University of Art, Hiro Ando began his prolific career in 1995 in Tokyo, depicting its nighttime urban landscape. With a lot of inspiration, the streets proved to be an endless source of material for his narratives which often included the red fish in addition to the urban background. The act of the red fish in his paintings greatly reminds of the ancient Japanese watercolor paintings, thus making his work permeated with both a contemporary and traditional feeling. With his artistic beginnings tied to illustration, he would draw several sketches before actually working on the canvas, and his practice has since spread to video material, digital support, and sculpture.