A painting by the Japanese martial arts master, Takashi Murakami, is being auctioned off for $50,000 at the Detroit Museum of Art on Thursday, with a portion of the sale going to the families of the victims of the 2014 mass shooting in Oregon.
In December, the artist, who is known for his distinctive, full-bodied compositions, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in the suburb of Richmond, Oregon.
He was 72.
Auctioneer Jeff Smith said the painting has a striking composition, and that the artist was passionate about martial arts.
“He really wanted to tell the story of the people of this country and their resistance,” Smith said.
“He was a true master.”
Auction house officials declined to reveal the buyer, saying the painting was a gift from Murakam and would not be returned to him.
However, the painting is the subject of an auction that started in September, with the proceeds going to victims of Friday’s shooting.
The artist was known for painting a wide range of iconic works from the American Civil War to the modern era.
Murakams art has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the American Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Tate Modern in London and the British Museum in Amsterdam.
The paintings are often described as being of the same style, although it’s difficult to tell from the images that have appeared on the Internet, since the works have not been certified as art.
In January, Murakawas sister, Miki Murakawa, died in a car accident in Japan, and a piece of his art was later found in the trunk of the driver.
Murakhawa’s artworks were found in an apartment where he was staying with his wife.