Private collection of 35 works by Yoshitomo Nara coming up at Sotheby's.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will be auctioning on Apr 5 a large private collection dedicated to the works of renowned contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara.

The Kurokochi Collection was amassed between 1988 and 2006 by Shun Kurokochi, an ordinary man working at a bank in Tokyo. It comprises 35 lots, ranging from acrylic on canvas, works on paper, edition prints to products such as wristwatches and skateboard.  
Kurokochi says he was attracted to Nara’s works, because he himself was a lonely child and he sees himself in the lonely and annoyed-looking children’s.
Sotheby’s expects the collection to fetch in excess of US$2.4 million as all the works are completely fresh to the market and in pristine condition.
Amongst the highlights are White Night, date 2006, an acrylic on canvas that represented a significant shift in the colour palette of the artist’s work, consisting of multi-layered paint and brushstrokes. The eyes of the little girls in particular are no longer in two or three solid tones, but in a range of hues and shade.

As first published on ARTINFO.COM