London-based Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki’s practice is deeply rooted in traditional techniques and tools. Suzuki captures everyday realism with Japanese wood-carving methods.
Suzuki’s works are inspired by a diverse cast of people from his London neighbourhood, often young men and women whose personalities and attitudes are expressed through their personal style. His works have been referred to as ‘photography in sculpture’ for their scaled-down realism. Capturing each personality through the overt and nuanced details of their pose, outfit, accessories, tattoos, piercings and hairstyles, Suzuki creates a record of youth culture and trends at the time of creation.
The NGV is delighted to present a group of ten hand-carved sculptures in NGV Triennial 2020. This will include two new sculptures commissioned especially for the NGV and will be the first works by Suzuki to enter the Collection.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Champions Neville & Diana Bertalli who have made a leadership gift towards this important acquisition. The NGV also acknowledges Triennial Major Supporters Christopher Thomas AM & Cheryl Thomas and Triennial Supporters Tim Fairfax AC & Gina Fairfax, Janet Whiting AM & Phil Lukies & Family, Gwenneth Nancy Head Foundation and Lisa Ring for their generous contributions.