YAYOI KUSAMA 1929-_. Japanese artist and sculptor. Like her or not, (or fear her), Kusama is possibly the most important modern artist in Japanese history. Her work spans from 1950's conceptual paintings to environmental installations, usually characterized by the use of repeating patterns. In 2008, a work by Kusama sold for over $5million, the record for any living female artist. Yoko Ono has called her an early influence. My pen illustration is from a photo of her blending into her polka dotted wall circa 1968.
No. 2, oil on canvas, painted in 1959. Sold at Christies for record price.