Takashi Tomo-oka

Exhibition of Takashi Tomo-oka

February 26, 2015 - March 07, 2015
Takashi Tomo-oka

Using digital photography, Takashi Tomo-oka captures singular moments of flowering plants in a style that evokes traditional Japanese painting.
His strongly defined aesthetics and influence of the golden ratio in his works, create spatial atmospheres that are reminiscent of the Rinpa School. He transfers his photographic prints of flowering plants onto thin Japanese paper (wash paper) and creates hanging scrolls and framed pieces.

In January 2012, Ippodo New York hosted a solo exhibition featuring Tomo-oka's Rinpa influenced photographs. His works impressed the American audience and garnered major praise. One of his pieces in particular, caught the eye of the Director of the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. As a result, it has since been on display as part of the museum's collection. Tomo-oka's works have also been featured in the interior magazine, ELLE DECOR, and the German architecture magazine, AD; of Tomo-oka, it can be said that he is an artist who has gained notoriety on a global scale.

For this current exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery, Tomo-oka has staged a world of works that present and highlight various flora associated with the early spring. We sincerely hope you enjoy entering into his artistic world.

"I want to show the beauty of flowering plants through the expression of what appears to be painted picture, but in reality are photographs. I try to bring out the natural allure of plants through minimalistic compositions consisting solely of the plants and the surrounding space."-Takashi Tomo-oka








Biography
1971: Born in Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, the son of a bamboo basket weaver and a dressmaker
1994: Graduated from the Faculty of Art of Kyoto Seika University
1994-1997: Studied under Jun Yamashita
1996: Won the 2nd Young Portfolio Award
1998: Studied under Yuten Konishi
2005: Became a member of the Tokyo design firm, Rokunana & Co.
2012: Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery New York, USA
2013: Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo, Japan
2014: Solo exhibition at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA
Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo, Japan
Adorned the cover of Fujingahou (New Year's edition)

Collections
The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (USA)
The Yale University Art Gallery, Department of Asian Art (USA)
The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California (USA)

Koubai 3 (Red plum)
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Himawari 2 (Sunflower)
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Shirashobu 1 ( White iris)
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Shinnyoren 5 (Sacred lotus)
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Takashi Tomo-oka
Shirafuji 1 (White wisteria)
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Takashi Tomo-oka
Kochiku 1 (Dead bamboo)
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Takashi Tomo-oka