Acrylic gouache on canvas
194.0 x 130.3 (cm)
76.4 x 51.3 (inch)Tomoo Gokita was born in 1969 in Tokyo where he is based. His drawings made with pencil, charcoal and ink on paper first began to receive attention in the late 1990s. In 2000, Lingerie Wrestling, a book collecting the same works was published. After an exhibition in New York, his works were featured in numerous solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad.
Gokita uses acrylic gouache to create uniquely even surfaces in his paintings. Together, the paintings’ palettes, from which all color excluding black and white have been removed, and abstract imagery, which nevertheless retain trances of representation, exude formidable power over their viewers. Gokita absorbed extraordinarily wide range of elements from various styles in his own way. Those include Cubism, Surrealism, Symbolism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Simulationism, as well as from the fields of commercial design, commercial photography, illustration and typography and Gokita sublimated brilliantly all influences of those. His unique attitude toward art production straightforwardly communicates the pleasure he takes in painting.
In 2012, his work was featured in “The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction” at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art. In 2014, “THE GREAT CIRCUS”, a solo exhibition of Gokita’s works, was held at the same museum. In April 2018, his solo exhibition “PEEKABOO” was held at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. His first solo exhibition with the gallery was held in 2008 and later solo presentations at the gallery include “Variety Show” (2012) and “Holy Cow” (2017).