Naoki Tomita “Tokyo”
[Image: "Tokyo (Metropolitan Expressway)", 2019、Oil on canvas, 72.7 x 60.6 x 2cm]
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The vague feeling of loneliness in Naoki Tomita’s paintings of the city and suburbs can probably be attributed to their absence of human figures. However, there are absolutely no negative emotions—such as loss or resignation—among the feelings these paintings evoke. In fact, one senses something like the invigorating moment or faint spark that occurs when something has completed one role and is about to be reborn in new form.
For this solo exhibition at Maho Kubota Gallery, the artist’s first in three years, Tomita decided to paint the sights of Tokyo, which are in the throes of transformation as the city moves closer and closer to what the artist perceives as its landmark year of 2020. This exhibition also presents several landscape paintings similarly rendered with meticulous care using thick slabs of oil paint. The scenes depicted in these works constitute iconic images that all people living in Tokyo share and remember as members of the same community—Ikebukuro, Roppongi, Meijijingu Gaien, Akihabara, Shibuya, Kabukicho in Shinjuku, and Nakameguro. Tomita’s paintings are depicted on the canvas in a way that resonates with the community.
from October 18, 2019 to November 22, 2019
Opening Reception on 2019-10-18 from 18:00 to 20:00
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