Two works: (i) The Madmen #1; (ii) Party Couple

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  • Provenance

    Pace Prints, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Tomoo Gokita

    Japanese • 1969

    Best known for grey-scale paintings that combine abstract and figurative elements, Tomoo Gokita is one of the most internationally prominent contemporary Japanese artists. His signature works feature archetypal figures or groups with their faces obscured, evoking haunting film stills or magazine spreads. Gokita enrolled in a local art school in 1988, but dropped out two years later to pursue a career in graphic design. Though he found success as a designer in the Japanese music industry, he felt creatively stifled and returned to painting full-time in the mid 1990s. 

    Similar to the way Gerhard Richter used photographs as a starting point for abstraction, Gokita combines visual references from found imagery with his stylized approach, creating portraits that are both rooted in memory and rich in painterly expression. His precise technique, often characterized by abstract flourishes and gestural swipes, can be traced to influence from New York’s Neo-Expressionists. In this playful manipulation of form, Gokita injects a sense of humor into his work, warping the archetypal into the absurd. Gokita has been the subject of multiple solo exhibitions at many prominent museums and galleries, including the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Japan. The artist continues to live and work in Tokyo.

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Two works: (i) The Madmen #1; (ii) Party Couple

2016
each signed and numbered 'AP 5 Tomoo Gokita' lower left and right respectively
stenciled pulp paintings with pochoir
each 63.8 x 54.8 cm. (25 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2016, each work is artist proof 5 from an edition of 35 plus 5 artist proofs and is accompanied by an authenicity sticker issued by Taka Ishii Gallery.

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 220,000 
€13,900-25,600
$15,400-28,200

sold for HK$162,500

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Online Auction 9-18 October 2019