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  • 'Mr. Gokita’s vocabulary barrels across illustration, pornography, abstraction, children’s drawing, calligraphy and sign-painting, with a perfect control, velvety surfaces and tonal range that makes black-and-white feel like living colour.' —Roberta Smith

    • Provenance

      Mary Boone Gallery, New York
      Private Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Tomoo Gokita: Beauty, 2 November - 22 December 2017

    • 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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Mature #5

signed, titled and dated '“MATURE #5" Tomoo Gokita 2017' on the reverse
acrylic and gouache on linen
89.5 x 145.7 cm (35 1/4 x 57 3/8 in.)
Painted in 2017.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £63,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020