TOMOO GOKITA - 'dance muzak' BASEBALL CAP
Gokita , who transitioned from illustration and graphic design to a formal artistic practice in the 1990s, has been the subject of acclaim within both Japanese subcultures and the international art circuit for nearly two decades. Prior to his transition, Gokita's illustration work gained him popularity across the fashion and music industries. From the beginning of his career as an artist, his paintings and pencil and ink drawings have demonstrated a remarkable range of style, seamlessly subverting the dichotomy of abstraction and figuration to produce a practice of an unmistakable and psychological character.
Tomoo Gokita was born in Tokyo in 1969 and is based there. In the late 90 's, he attracted attention for his drawings on paper with pencil, charcoal and ink, and in 2000 he published a collection of works , Lingerie Wrestling . Starting with an exhibition in New York, he has held numerous solo exhibitions both in Japan and overseas. In 2012, he participated in the exhibition "Abstract and Forms: Things That Never Appear" held at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, and in 2014 he held a solo exhibition "THE GREAT CIRCUS" at the same museum . Recent solo exhibitions include “ PEEKABOO ” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery ( 2018 ) and “ Get Down ” Dallas Contemporary ( 2021 ). " Shuffle Railway Song " published by Tennen Bunko ( 2010 ), "777" published by 888 Books ( 2015 ), "Holy Cow" published by Taka Ishii Gallery ( 2017 ), "PEEKABOO" published by Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation ( 2018 ), “MOO” published by Taka Ishii Gallery ( 2021 ) and other collections and exhibition catalogs.