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  • Provenance

    Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2009)
    Phillips, online, 20 - 28 May 2020, lot 93
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Precious Paul

signed, numbered and dated '17/25 Tomoo Gokita 2009' lower margin
pigment print on German etching paper
image 49.5 x 39.5 cm (19 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)
sheet 60.9 x 49.9 cm (23 7/8 x 19 5/8 in.)

Executed in 2009, this work is number 17 from an edition of 25.

£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £1,890

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Online Auction 10 - 18 February 2021