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ARTISTS | Junko Go

EXHIBITIONS CV

In a quest to find universal values, Junko Go’s paintings are not tied to a particular art movement. Instead, they possess a unique aesthetic encompassing elements of painting, drawing and storytelling that combine her Japanese heritage with an Australian perspective. An interest in dualism results in works that are simultaneously abstract and figurative, simple and complex.

Go’s paintings provide the opportunity to meander, search, rest, analyse; what at first glance appears a simple motif becomes a multifaceted story, woven over time by layers of paint and intertwining imagery.

Born near Kyoto in Japan, Go left Japan for New York, where she studied fine art, and came to Australia in 1992 where she continued her studies at the University of Tasmania. She is a full-time artist, working from her studio in Launceston.

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Exhibitions:

Down the Rabbit Hole | Junko Go

Fable and its translation to contemporary culture has sustained the painting practice of Junko Go for the past decade. Her new series looks at Lewis Carroll's seminal work and includes a range of paintings and accompanying 'Junko philosophies'.
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Me and My Beautiful Ugly Cakes | Junko Go

In a quest to find universal values, Junko Go’s paintings are not tied to a particular art movement. Instead, they…

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Junko Go, Jelly Bean and Sugar Coated Pill

one+one | JUNKO GO

Very rarely in our lives, one plus one makes something as simple as two. Eastern teachings tell us we live in a world of duality. Everything has the opposite, and the element of antagonism is the law of nature. Besides, the opposites are not irreconcilable opposite, but are allies with an identical agenda, so they need each other....
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Junko Go, Lovable Bear

Another Kind of Fable | Junko Go

Junko Go possess a unique aesthetic encompassing elements of painting, drawing and storytelling that combine her Japanese heritage with an Australian perspective.
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Catherine Nelson, Mareeba Wet

Out of the Darkness – a group exhibition at Gallerysmith

When shadows lurk in the darkness, senses heighten, sound is amplified, the pulse races, unease escalates. While light allows us…

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CV:

JUNKO GO
Born in Japan, lives and works in Tasmania

EDUCATION
2006   Bachelor of Contemporary Art, University of Tasmania, TAS

2001    Diploma of Arts, Craft & Design, TAFE Launceston, TAS

1984-86  Studied Drawing at Duchess Community College, NY, USA

1977    Bachelor of English/American Literature, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
Down the Rabbit Hole, Gallerysmith, VIC

2017
Me and My Beautiful Ugly Cakes, Gallerysmith, VIC

2016
all about…wild, gentle, happy, sad, crazy and sensible, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS
UnStill Life, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2014
all about…piano man, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2013
one+one, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2012
all about…summer, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS
another kind of fable, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2011
a kind of fable, Harrison Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2010
all about… animals, Handmark Gallery, Evandale, TAS
tea is for…, Harrison Galleries, Paddington, NSW

2009
blue is for…, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS
all about… blooming, Gallery 101, Melbourne, VIC

2008
all about… flowering, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2007
all about… hungry, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2006
all about… trees, Gallery 101, Melbourne, VIC

2005
all about… happiness, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Me and My Ugly Mountain, Academy Gallery, Launceston, TAS

2003
all about… dogs, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2001
all about… goats, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

1999
all about… birds, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

1998
all about… fish, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

1996
animal kingdom, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS

1995
Junko Jungle, Dalmeny Gallery, Evandale, TAS

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
Celebrating Our Landscape, Handmark Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Still Life Exhibition, Handmark Gallery, Evandale TAS

2018
Landscape Exhibition, Handmark Gallery, Hobart & Evandale, TAS

2017
Hyper-Botanica, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2016
Christmas Show, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
Still Life Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS

2015
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS
Christmas Show, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
Still Life Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS
Tasmanian Landscape Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS

2014
Threehundredthirty Exhibition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
Still Life Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS
Tasmanian Landscape Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS
John Glover Landscape Prize, Finalist, Evandale, TAS

2013
Tasmanian Art Award 20th Anniversary Winners Exhibition, TAS
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS
Tasmanian Landscape Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS
Threehundredthirty Exhibition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC

2012
Out of Darkness, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS
Tasmanian Landscape Show, Handmark Gallery, TAS
Threehundredthirty Exhibition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS

2011
Walk on the Wild Side, Harrison Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Celebration of North(Tasmania), Handmark Gallery, TAS
Tasmanian Landscape Show, Handmark Gallery,
Threehundredthirty Exhibition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, VIC
John Glover Landscape Prize, Finalist, Evandale, TAS

2009
UnStill Life, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS

2006
Wallpaper, Carnegie Gallery, TAS

2006-2008
Wallpaper Touring Exhibitions – Burnie Art Regional Gallery,TAS, QVMuseum & Art Gallery, TAS, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW

2004
Devils and Angels, Academy Gallery, University of TAS, Launceston, TAS

AWARD AND PRIZE EXHIBITIONS

2019
John Glover Landscape prize, Tasmania (Finalist)

2018
Hutchins Art Prize, Tasmania (shortlisted)

2011
John Glover Landscape Prize, Tasmania (judge’s commendation)

2005
Dean’s Roll of Excellence, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania

2004
City of Burnie Art Award, Burnie, Tasmania (highly commended)
Dean’s Roll of Excellence, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasman

2003
Royal Launceston Art Prize, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tas

2002
Alfred Evershed Award, TAFE Tasmania (shortlisted)
Kym Clayton Art Award, TAFE Launceston, Tas (shortlisted)
Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh, Tas (shortlisted)

2001
Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh, Tas (shortlisted)

COLLECTIONS
2017                       The Sebel Hotel Launceston

2009                       Art Bank Australia

2007                       Art for Public Building Scheme Tasmania, Royal Hobart Hospital

News:

Junko Go Finalist in John Glover Art Prize

It is with great delight that we announce Junko Go as a finalist for the John Glover Art Prize. Celebrating the…

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