Isle of the Dead is a 141 3/4 x 189 inch (360 x 480 cm) acrylic painting created by Takashi Murakami in 2014.
Isle of the Dead was but one of several paintings created in-response of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, paintings depicting crowds of nightmarish (yet candy-colored) portraits of arhats, Buddhist monks near-enlightenment that dedicate themselves to helping in a world of suffering.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: From Arhats to animals, the painting is utterly swamped with characters of every shape and size.
- Senior Creep: So many old men, so few kissable faces among them.
- Wingding Eyes: One of the larger monks on the right-side has the most pronounced amount of swirls in its eyes with black sclera.
- World Gone Mad: While all of the arhats are exaggerated to great absurdity, some of them take it a few horizon lines too far, be it one of the largest ones sporting eight-eyes, one being literally black-skinned with a tree growing out of its head and various, arguably mythical animals among them.