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.