NORIMITSU KOKUBO (1995, SHIGA PREFECTURE, JAPAN)
Norimitsu Kokubo started drawing in the period of elementary school, to “exorcise” his introversion and lacking in social skills.
He would keep drawing quietly in notebooks and any other pieces of paper available, such as the back sides of calendars or advertisement flyers.
His amazing meticulous works are cover by details: his favourite subjects are cities, buildings, satellites, vehicles, aircraft and ships. He collected images from television, Internet, travels, and combined and fused these images into his artistic vision. His works are practiced exclusively through freehand lines, in accordance with surprisingly personal perspective instructions.
Ferris wheels, car parks, offices, prisons, are mixed with buildings of several well-known architects such as Zaha Hadid.
Kokubo initially started working with small pieces of paper, but as he continued to draw, he began to expand and started working with multiple sheets of paper attached together into one piece. Recently his works have reached the ten meters wide.
During middle school, he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, and was placed into a school for the disabled; there his teachers noticed his artistic talent and his pieces have started to appear in numerous exhibitions, as in “Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan” (2013, Wellcome Collection, London).
1) The Economically Booming City of Tianjin, China, 2011, 121 x 157 cm, © Outside In
2) Kaesong City, the Future North Korea, 27 x 38 cm, © Outside In