Superflat or Superflat Pop is an aesthetic that rose to popularity in the 2000s-2010s. The term Superflat was founded by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in 2001 and was used as the name for his postmodern art movement. The Superflat aesthetic has many distinct characteristics, including manga characters, neon/pastel color pallets, a 2D (flat) art style, fantasy imagery, bold lines, and geometric shapes.
Along with Takashi Murakami, there are several prominent artists that contributed to the Superflat aesthetic. These artists include Chiho Aoshima, Mahomi Kunikata, Aya Takano, and Kōji Morimoto.
As a Japanese art movement, Superflat is heavily influenced by Japanese art and painting styles, however, its influences are not limited to just that. The flat style of Superflat is derived from the flatness of traditional post-war Japanese manga and anime art. Superflat is often thought of as Japan’s Pop Art because of how it draws many of its influences from modern pop culture. Manga and anime are also both really large influences that this art style draws from.
Superflat went on to become larger than an art movement, morphing into an international sensation in all aspects of lifestyle such as music and fashion. Collaborations of Takashi Murakami’s art extended to fashion giants Louis Vuitton in their 2012 collaboration, and musical artists such as Pharell Williams, and Kanye West for his album Kids See Ghosts. Additionally, the Superflat Aesthetic became extremely popular within the streetwear and skater communities due to collaborations with Vans and Supreme.
Takashi Murakami, Tan Tan Bo a.k.a Gerotan: Scorched by the Blaze in the Purgatory of Knowledge
Chiho AOSHIMA, ‘Haruna in a shower meteor’
PARIS: AYA TAKANO, THE JELLY CIVILIZATION CHRONICLE
Takashi Murakami for ‘Kids See Ghosts’
Takashi Murakami, Pharell Williams – The Simple Things
Takashi Murakami for Supreme