September Color Inspiration: Yayoi Kusama

We’ve been inspired recently by the renowned Japanese pop artist, Yayoi Kusama, for her stunning use of color, contrast and repetition in her projects. She’s most known for her contemporary sculptures and instillations that tour worldwide. Specifically the “infinity mirrors” exhibit that has massively overtaken social media with its illuminating lights and futuristic vision. And she’s especially known for her obsession with dots! Polka dots of all ties and colors are usually displayed in some format in her work.

Infinity Mirrors Exhibit

Her story is quite amazing… Yayoi was born in Matsumoto in 1929 and as a child suffered from hallucinations ranging from “flashes of light, auras, or dense fields of dots.” She dealt with this by drawing what she saw and expressing creative freedom within her artwork. She went to the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts to study “Nihonga” painting which is a traditional Japanese style. While at school, she realized this was not the style for her. She became fascinated with European and American pop art of the time in the late 40’s-50’s. This is when she finally found her vision for design.

Color Inspiration:

While Yayoi’s instillations are some of the most stunning pieces of art anyone has ever seen, we wanted to go with one of her vibrant paintings as a way for color inspiration. Her color choices reflect that of a crayon box that’s assorted with funky designs that almost resemble germs! Yet, it looks like it belongs in MOMA… We absolutely love her style and the barriers she’s overcome to succeed so well. We all know that most artists don’t receive the recognition they deserve while they are living. So from one artist to another, nothing makes you happier being able to watch a sculptor, painter, or designer grow and improve while they have the chance to see how positively their work affects others.


As always, we formed this exuberant color palette using Sherwin William’s ColorSnap Visualizer! If you enjoy mini art history discussions like this, be sure to check out our last couple of posts here to read more about some new Avantgarde architecture throughout the country.


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