So much of Takashi Murakami‘s work is joyful and uplifting, that it’s easy to imagine why he would be asked to create a work to put a smile on the faces of children who need something to smile about.

Murakami is the latest artist to be commissioned by RxArt, a nonprofit that works with contemporary artists to transform “sterile healthcare facilities into engaging and inspiring environments full of beauty, humor, and comfort.”

During the past twenty years, more than sixty great artists have completed projects in 36 hospitals in the U.S. Derrick Adams, Jonas Woods and Kenny Scharf, whose works are available at VFA, are among the artists chosen because of their ability to create fun and uplifting art to soothe young patients.

The works are an inspiration to everyone who views them, but are done specifically to decrease fear and anxiety in children and adolescents.

Kenny Scharf has created works for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s children’s wing in Los Angeles and the waiting room of Brooklyn Children’s Hospital.

In 2013, he was asked to create a mural in a stairwell of the Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatric Units in Kings County Hospital, which is used by young patients every day. “I hope to brighten their day.” Scarf said in a 2016 interview, “I hope to inspire. And I hope it helps them to know that people care about them.”

Other artists who have taken part in RxArt projects include Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan and Katherine Bernhardt, all artists whose works are available at VFA.

Please contact us for more information about the works of Takashi Murakami and the other fine artists whose works are for sale at VFA.

Katheryn Romeyn. See How Takashi Murakami Totally Transformed Part of Children’s National Hospital. Architectural Digest. October 29, 2020.
Grace Ebert. Takashi Murakami’s Iconic Flowers Engulf a CT Suite at a Washington D.C. Children’s Hospital. Colossal. November 4, 2020.
Paul Laster. Healing Through Art: Kenny Scharf’s Gleeful Mural for RxArt. Whitehot Magazine. August 2016.