Tomoko Sugimoto Goes Through the Looking Glass

Murakami's Painting Director steps out on her own and into The Shop.
Dec 12 2012

The Shop at The Standard, High Line is proud to present the work of Tokyo native Tomoko Sugimoto, the latest and greatest in our series of artist installations. (James Jarvis, Matsuyama, Todd James, etc.) Although she’s been working as a painter and designer for years, she’s only recently started showing. Understandable when your day job is managing the Takashi Murakami installations all over the world.

“Through the Looking Glass, and What I Found There”, is a series of circular embroidery and acrylic on canvas. Many feature children tumbling down something of an abstract rabbit hole. She describes her work as a combination of sewing and painting that begins with drawing. “I always develop my ideas through drawings first,” she explains, “then when ready transfer to the canvas, painting very carefully so the colors and thread compliment each other.”

Photo by Chris Mosier

Tomoko has spent her entire life in the creative world. Her mother was an art teacher and she loved making things as a child. She even made her own toys. She studied graphic design at the Musashino Art University before tackling another BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. For the last decade, she’s been at the heart of Takashi Murakami’s studio, traveling around the world to produce his shows and retrospectives. Sugimoto has exhibited in a few group shows in New York and Tokyo with her first solo show “Whirl and Swallow” taking place last year at Graphite in Williamsburg. Word to the wise, it sold out fast, and this looks to do the same!

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