Tomoo Gokita is holding his first solo exhibition in three years, “MOO,” in Tokyo until September 26th. This is his fifth solo exhibition at this gallery, and his first in Japan to show color paintings.
Since the release of lingerie wrestling in 2000, Gokita has captivated many viewers with his paintings drawn in charcoal and ink, as well as black-and-white gouache. He has a good reputation overseas and has always tried new areas to expand his skills and style. In addition to black and white pieces, he has created monochromic pieces in blue, stenciled art, collages, sculptures, and many other pieces using his rich visual language. This year he has started producing full-scale color pieces, and his solo exhibition held in Italy in March was his first exhibition consisting of only color works.
This exhibition shows his latest paintings rendered in color acrylics on canvas and pastels. Gokida has been working on pieces inspired by old magazines, printed materials, and photographs from overseas. His multi-styled paintings use soft colors and a unique color palette to draw his experiences, incidental forms and images from memories. The free, light expression and rich textures allow you to see further evolution.
Also, changes in the production process and materials highlight the essence at the root of Gokida’s steadfast paintings. An exhibition Catalogue will be published for the exhibition.