Event: Ancient Future presents the artist Tokio Aoyama
Exhibiting at: Hoxton Gallery – Drysdale Street, London N1 6NG
Private Viewing: Wednesday 22nd August 6.30pm – 10.30pm – Exhibition open daily from 11am – 7pm until 28th August 2012
This August, in the Hoxton Gallery in London, come and be one of the first to intimately experience the striking, potently unique visual art of Tokio Aoyama. Showcasing a distinctive range of exclusive paintings that mix the myth, music, spirit and essence of nature into one palette of imaginative psychedelia. Tokio initially rose to prominence through his creatively inspired album cover artworks, but he soon went on to capture the imagination for his vibrantly colourful and surrealist paintings that focus on the essences of nature.
Drawing inspiration from ethereal sources such as ancient mythology, the wonders of the cosmos, psychedelic experiences and states of mind, in this space you will find his amazing murals, CD artwork and portraits of iconic musicians past and present: these include original artworks commissioned for the 20th anniversary of seminal hip-hop act De La Soul, work celebrating the legendary Gil Scott Heron, and pieces for soul singer Georgia Anne Muldrow and rapper Dudley Perkins.
Inspired by surrealists such as Picasso, Dali, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Tokio also channels through his art the essences of peace, ascension and love embodied by musicians such as Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra, as well as celebrating the free-spirited nature of artists including Miles Davis, Sly Stone and Basquiat. Tokio’s art is his soul and the philosophy of his life. This exhibition sees Tokio drawing inspiration from musicians and ages past to paint visions of the future.
Programme of Events:
Wednesday 22nd August 6.30pm – 10.30pm: Opening Night (Private Viewing) featuring DJ/Producer Eric Lau.
Thursday 23rd August 6.30pm – 9.30pm: Live Painting Session w/Tokio: An opportunity to see Tokio at work in an interactive session that will also see him share the techniques and inspirations behind his work.
Saturday 25th August from 5pm: Exhibition Conference.The conference will be a panel-style forum featuring psychedelic art. They’ll be openly discussing their work, the current climate, and the future of the medium.
Ancient Future is a voluntary organisation that uses creative arts, culture, education and self-development to nurture and facilitate the application of natural talent. Since its conception in 2006 Ancient Future has built a well respected reputation in the local community. Their community initiatives for disadvantaged young people, children and their families have aided them in
developing partnerships with Hackney Council for Voluntary Service, The Learning Trust, Crime Concern, Hackney Peace Week and numerous grass-root groups nationwide. They continually strive to develop activities which are geared towards enhancing cultural exchange, social inclusion and promote positive, uplifting and humanitarian ethics through their work.
The Hoxton Gallery is a multi-purpose exhibition space just off Hoxton Square. A versitile venue, it blends a traditional a warehouse style with an array of modern features that make it a perfect blank canvass for any type of pop-up production. Hoxton Gallery is distinguished by promoting diverse and left-field art projects and as such areproud to be working with Ancient Future in hosting Tokio.