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  • In Short - English

    To start the work in an improvisational way causes various unexpected accidents. These accidents allow me to perceive some confusion and wonder, and they provide me with a strange motivation to create works, which is so stimulating that I feel a distinct pleasure. Then during the course of completing the works, I encounter a lot of hurdles, and there are roughly two main ones.

     

    One is "something is insufficient", and the other is "too much is added". If I can manage to clear up these two problems, the work would be almost completed. – Tomoo Gokita

     

    (Tomoo Gokita quoted in Steven Cox, 'Tomoo Gokita Interview', Hunted Projects, 2014, online).

  • 摘要 - 繁體中文

    以即興的方式開始創作會導致各種意外。 這些意外使我感受到些許困惑和驚奇,同時它們使我生了奇特的創作動機,這種刺激使我感到特別的愉悅。 然後,在完成工作的過程中,我會遇到很多障礙,大約有兩種主要的障礙。 一個是「略有不足」,另一個是「畫蛇添足」。 如果我能設法解決這兩個問題,這件作品就接近完整了。- 五木田智
    (五木田智央引自Steven Cox,《 五木田智央訪談》,《Hunted Projects》,2014年,截自網路)

     
    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Japan
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Catalogue Essay

      'To start the work in an improvisational way causes various unexpected accidents. These accidents allow me to perceive some confusion and wonder, and they provide me with a strange motivation to create works, which is so stimulating that I feel a distinct pleasure. Then during the course of completing the works, I encounter a lot of hurdles, and there are roughly two main ones. One is "something is insufficient", and the other is "too much is added". If I can manage to clear up these two problems, the work would be almost completed.'
      (Tomoo Gokita quoted in Steven Cox, 'Tomoo Gokita Interview', Hunted Projects, 2014, online).

    • Artist Biography

      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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Untitled

2000
signed with the artist's initials 'TG' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
work 60.2 x 45.4 cm. (23 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.)
frame 64.4 x 49.3 cm. (25 3/8 x 19 3/8 in.)

Painted in 2000.

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Estimate
HK$70,000 - 90,000 
€7,600-9,800
$9,000-11,500

Sold for HK$187,500

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