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ARTISTS | Junko Go

ARTWORKS 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.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE WORKS >

Artworks:

2019, Down the Rabbit Hole

Junko Go, If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end, then stop. 2019, acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal on cotton duck , hand-painted shadow frame 48x33cm

Junko Go, threats are nonsense, flat and thin as a playing card 76x101cm

Junko Go, No impassable but no impossible... 95x125

2017, me and my beautiful ugly cakes

Junko Go, There are many things that make us happy…,101x168cm

Junko Go, There are many things that make us happy…,101x168cm

Junko Go, Don’t keep opening the oven door…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, Don’t keep opening the oven door…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, A tiny drop of vanilla essence can be so transformative…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, A tiny drop of vanilla essence can be so transformative…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, According to Mary Poppins, not all tasks should be approached with a grimace…,101x168cm

Junko Go, According to Mary Poppins, not all tasks should be approached with a grimace…,101x168cm

Junko Go, Some people perversely like to eat raw cake mixture…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, Some people perversely like to eat raw cake mixture…, 101x168cm

Junko Go, Sometimes life brings us a cake..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, Sometimes life brings us a cake..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, Logically the Cake Will Serve Six..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, Logically the Cake Will Serve Six..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, Icing and a cherry on top can be a captivator..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, Icing and a cherry on top can be a captivator..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, Have you Ever Fallen in Love with a Cake?... 28x43cm

Junko Go, Have you Ever Fallen in Love with a Cake?... 28x43cm

Junko Go, According to conventional belief, cakes must be beautiful and delicious.., 49x33cm

Junko Go, According to Conventional Belief..., 49x33cm

Junko Go, It's human nature to be a little selfish when we offer someone our last piece of cake. We secretly hope they’ll decline..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, It's human nature to be a little selfish when we offer someone our last piece of cake. We secretly hope they’ll decline..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, Sugar was Once Sold as White and Pure..., 33x33cm

Junko Go, Sugar was Once Sold as White and Pure..., 33x33cm

Junko Go, Why do we sometimes feel the mysterious need to breakaway at the moment we sense success arriving upon the cake of trials and tribulations? ..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, Why do we sometimes feel the mysterious need to breakaway at the moment we sense success arriving upon the cake of trials and tribulations? ..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, The best pieces of music are based on a simple rhythm..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, The best pieces of music are based on a simple rhythm..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, Sometimes we have accidents, and sometimes we have happy accidents..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, Sometimes we have accidents, and sometimes we have happy accidents..., 28x43cm

Junko Go, What constitutes the best cake in the world?..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, What constitutes the best cake in the world?..., 28x28cm

Junko Go, Somehow the cake we see in the cake shop's window is more evocative than the one in our hands..., 49x33cm

Junko Go, Somehow the cake we see in the cake shop's window is more evocative than the one in our hands..., 49x33cm

Junko Go, Cakes Take Time to Bake..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, Cakes Take Time to Bake..., 49x49cm

Junko Go, You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too..., 33x33cm

Junko Go, You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too..., 33x33cm

2015, unstill life

Junko Go, Old Dog, Children and Watermelon Wine

Junko Go, Old Dog, Children and Watermelon Wine

Junko Go, Infinite Resources

Junko Go, Infinite Resources

Junko Go, Hope is rather like steam rising from the pot

Junko Go, Hope is rather like steam rising from the pot

Junko Go, Take a Big Cup of Tea

Junko Go, Take a Big Cup of Tea

Junko Go, Happiness is just like candy floss

Junko Go, Happiness is just like candy floss

Junko Go, Life is just a Bowl of Cherries

Junko Go, Life is just a Bowl of Cherries

2013, one + one

Junko Go, Bluebird and Bluebird

Junko Go, Bluebird and Bluebird

Junko Go, Half Full and Half Empty, 122x122cm

Junko Go, Half Full and Half Empty, 122x122cm

Junko Go, Jelly Bean and Sugar Coated Pill

Junko Go, Jelly Bean and Sugar Coated Pill

Junko Go, Ink and Paper

Junko Go, Ink and Paper

2012, Another Kind of Fable

Junko Go, Lovable Bear

Junko Go, Lovable Bear

Junko Go, Oh Deer

Junko Go, Oh Deer

Junko Go, Free Rangers Freedom

Junko Go, Free Rangers Freedom

Junko Go, Elephant in a Room

Junko Go, Elephant in a Room

Junko Go, Dogs can't bark and bite at the same time

Junko Go, Dogs can't bark and bite at the same time

Junko Go, Advantages Come out of Disadvantage

Junko Go, Advantages Come out of Disadvantage

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

Me and My Beautiful Ugly Cakes Junko Go 25 May - 24 June, 2017

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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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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

Group Exhibitions

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

2018
Hutchins Art Prize, Tasmania (shortlisted)

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

2005 & 2004
Dean’s Roll of Excellence, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania

2004
City of Burnie Art Award, Burnie, Tasmania (highly commended)

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

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