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  • Provenance

    atm gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    (ii) New York, ATM Gallery, Drunko, September 7 - October 14, 2006

  • Literature

    (i) Martin Coomer, Modern Painters, "Introducing: Tomoo Gokita", December 2006 - January 2007, p. 82 (illustrated)

  • 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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Two works: (i) Desire Develops an Edge (ii) Bye, bye, baby

(i) signed, titled and dated ""DESIRE DEVELOPS AN EDGE" (Gouache on paper) Tomoo Gokita 2006" on the reverse
(ii) signed, titled and dated ""Bye, Bye, Baby" Tomoo Gokita 2006" on the reverse

gouache on paper
each 16 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (41 x 32.1 cm.)
Executed in 2006.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $17,500

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New York Auction 28 February 2017