Tomoo Gokita, ‘Serenade for Missy’, 2008, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated ""Serenade for Missy" Tomoo Gokita '08" on the reverse

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 78, p. 83 (illustrated)

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Tomoo Gokita

Tomoo Gokita’s gray-scale paintings depict archetypal figures, such as a pin-up girl or a geisha, with their faces concealed. With a background in graphic design, the Tokyo-based artist was initially inspired to create art by his love of manga and animation. His paintings reflect these pop cultural influences, evoking iconic celebrity headshots and pornographic magazines. Executed with extreme technical precision, his erasure of the face through Neo-expressionistic flourishes or scraping gestures disturbs and adds a humorous element to his compositions.

Japanese, b. 1969, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan