About


Pitok (John) 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. Recently he has been creating personal painted works using gouache.

Pitok utilises still life scenes, as a means of enshrining personal objects of devotion, focusing on items that reluctantly cannot be disposed of. 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. Pitok’s use of still life scenes represent the spaces we construct around us to reinforce a sense of identity and belonging.

They also bring together disparate ideas of personal culture and identity. Drawing from the traditions of Australian modernist painters and Japanese wood block prints, his works explore the notions of ones personal connection to time and place and how this can be both constructed and lost.

His works also explore the masculine identity. How it is defined and how can it be expressed, looking at how it has been represented across multiple contexts.

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 totems. What wisdom is being passed down or observed in these curated spaces. While the world moves at a fast consumer pace, pitok questions, why we hoard and collect items. He explores our connection beyond the quick lifecycle of production and disposal.

2019 July
Began studies in, 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