So Tell Me Darlin'

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  • Provenance

    ATM Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Proposition, Summer Salt, 6 July - 12 August 2011

  • 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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So Tell Me Darlin'

signed, titled and dated 'So Tell Me Darlin' Tomoo Gokita 2011' on the reverse
acrylic gouache on linen
41.9 x 29.2 cm (16 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2011.

£18,000 - 22,000 

sold for £68,750

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London Auction 12 December 2019