Born 1955 Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in
Shinro Ohtake lived in London in the late 1970s at the height of the punk scene. He returned to Tokyo to form the pioneering noise outfit Juke/19 and embarked on a series of exhibitions that helped catalyse the contemporary art scene then emerging in the Japanese capital. One of the most influential figures in Japanese contemporary art, Ohtake intensified the cut-up aesthetic of London punk to a level of sensory overload. Collage, assemblage, oil painting, and a seemingly endless progression of dense, voluminous scrapbooks represent some of the aspects of his practice. Ohtake has also produced a succession of highly engaging installations, which the artist describes as self-portraits, that unify the various threads of his practice.