Masanori Tomita: manner
4650 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016
Saturday, April 20 at 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Ends May 25, 2024
Chris Sharp Gallery is pleased to present the US solo debut of the Tokyo-based, Japanese painter, Masanori Tomita. Known for his abstract paintings which consist of densely-layered surfaces and opulent accretions of imagery, Tomita’s work is intimately connected to the intense materiality of Japanese postwar art while forging new ground for contemporary abstraction. The paintings are often crafted with resin, oil, and ink, the aggregate of which is liable to invest the surfaces with a textured and coruscating bijou-like quality. Variously stark, atmospheric, and saturnine, they can read, at times, like some kind of toxic urban excrescence, and at others, like the improbable synthesis of Gustave Moreau, Alberto Burri and manga. For his exhibition at Chris Sharp Gallery, Tomita presents a series of all new works. A selection of darker works are complemented by brighter, quasi monochromes. In one painting, buoy, a florescent green seems to sweat through the mottled surface of a beige ground, while in another, mallet, an uneven flesh-toned plane is dappled with specks of yellow and orange. In red bean, a gray ground is meticulously stippled with a red overpainting, which reads like bark, or some kind of reptilian tegument.