Flowers of Yayoi

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Painting inspired by Yayoi polka dots




Artist: Yayoi Kusama


Genre: Still life


Medium: Oil paint


Subject: Flower


Created: 1983


Periods: Pop art / Minimalism


Kusama spent her childhood surrounded by her family’s seed harvesting grounds.


As a little girl, she often went out into the flower fields with her sketchbooks, developing her passion for drawing


For the artist, plants have been both beloved subjects and frightening figures, instilling fear through hallucinations and reflecting her state of mind.


Yayoi Kusama began to paint using polka dots and nets as motifs at around age ten, and created fantastic paintings in watercolors, pastels and oils.


Avant-garde artist and novelist, Yayoi Kusama from a young age, experienced visual and auditory hallucinations, and began creating net and polka-dot pattern pictures. Those hallucinations and the theme of dots would continue to inform her art throughout her career.

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