About Pitok

Pitok is a visual artist based in Sydney’s inner west. Having graduated from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA), he has worked as a visual designer and art director commercially for the last 15 years. Since 2016 he has been creating personal painted works using gouache.

Pitok utilises still life scenes, as a means of enshrining personal objects of devotion. These objects become totems that tie us to a time and place. A memory, a person, an experience, a gesture. Often a moment we cannot return to that has passed. These still life scenes represent the spaces we construct around us that reinforce identity.

Having packed up two set’s of grandparents homes in the last few years, pitok has been on a personal journey processing these family members’ lifetime of collected objects. What wisdom is being passed down or observed in these curated spaces? What does wisdom mean or look like in our modern world?

Drawing from the traditions of Australian modernist painters and Japanese woodblock prints, his works explore the notions of one’s personal connection to time and place. How this can be both constructed and lost.

His works also explore the masculine identity and how it is represented across multiple contexts. The foggy haze of the kitsch Australian suburbs. A connection with nature. How it can be bound and shaped by practices such as shibari.

Resume

2019 July – Current
Master of Media Practice, UTS
https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/find-a-course/master-media-practice-and-industry

2019 October
Sydney Craft Week
https://www.sydneycraftweek.com

2019 August
Sydney Inner West Council, Edge Art Trail
With Monster Mouse and Hypmotive Hub
https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/living-arts/edge

2019 June
Brunswick Street Gallery, Small Works Art Prize
https://www.brunswickstreetgallery.com.au/

2019 Apr
Hypmotive Hub, Meet the Makers Market
https://www.facebook.com/events/391311554756910/

2019 Mar
The Other Art Fair, Redfern, Sydney
https://www.saatchiart.com/pitok

2018 Nov
Monster Mouse, End of Year Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/2033250723426569/

2018 Oct
City Hub magazine feature
https://issuu.com/altmedia/docs/city_hub_25_october_1/10

2018 Oct
Exhibited work at Glebe Artshow
http://www.glebeartshow.org.au/

2018 Oct
Ran ‘Mindful Painting’ workshop as a part of Sydney Craft Week
https://www.sydneycraftweek.com/events/workshops-monster-mice-collective/
https://classbento.com.au/mindful-painting

2018 May – Dec
Works Exhibited at The Works Showroom, Glebe
http://worksshowroom.com

2018 Apr
Exhibiting artist at showcase events
https://www.rawartists.org/pitokxyz

2018 Jan – current
Joined studios, Monster Mouse Studios, Marrickville
http://monstermouse.org/artists/

2017 Oct – current
Works Exhbited at ‘Hypmotive Hub’, Marrickville
https://hypmotive.com/author/pitok/

2017 Sept
Exhibited artwork, Traces II exhibition
http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/traces-ii/

2017 Aug
Exhibited work at Glebe Artshow
http://www.glebeartshow.org.au/

2016 – current
Lead Creative & Art Director for Bapple
https://bapple.com.au/

2013 – 2016
Lived in Yokohama, Japan

2004
Visual Arts Education (UTS)
https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/find-a-course/master-teaching-secondary-education

2000-2003
Studied Bachelor of Media Arts (UNSW Australia Art and Design)
https://artdesign.unsw.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate-degrees/media-arts