TOMI KONO - currently based in NY

Born and raised in Japan, Tomi currently lives and works in NY after 5-year stay in London.
While working as a hair stylist in fashion, he started making wigs and head props for shoots flaring his originality to turn his creative idea into shapes.

Quickly his head props become popular among fashion stylists in London and Paris, and soon he became an established and well-respected hair and head prop artist.

In September 2010, he had his first film / photo / performance show of his collection during London fashion week.
Tomi’s appeal has seen him collaborate across many different genres including art, fashion, music, and performance, confirming his place as a true creative across any realm.

His style is influenced by 1920-30s Dadaism and surrealism art. He is heavily influenced by assemblage expressionism started after World War II this is a 3 dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects.
He enjoys once-in-a-lifetime encounter with vintage objects and materials that have functional beauty. By observing the beauty of the objects, he put several different materials together creating a new and distinctive piece.

Moving from Tokyo to Paris, London and NYC, he got inspired from different cities and is producing new pieces.

 

HISTORY

1980 2 born in Ehime, Japan.

2007 6 Moved to London after having worked in hair salons in Japan for 9 years
Started working as a session hair stylist.
While working for editorials and projects, started to make head props.

2009 9 Made some Indian head props and they were used for a launch party of album-release by Riceboy Sleeps (Jonsi from Sigur Ros and Alex)

2009 9   Showcasing his head prop collection in a stall in Liverpool Street antique market.
     It was featured by Dazed and Confused.

2009 10 Window display of his selected head props in a boutique START in east London.

2009 10 Bespoke head props for the performances in London and Paris for the conceptual band Irrepressibles

2009 11 Joined Balcony Jump as a first hair and head prop artist

2009 12 Directed the head props for the Cry Out world tour held in Tokyo, Austria, America and UK for the London-based charismatic young performance artists Theo Adams Company.
Worked as a hair stylist for the press release shot by David Sims,

 

2010 1 Photo exhibition of ‘Japan Avant Garde’ series (inspired by Japanese Geisha) in Claire de Rouen Books, Soho

2010 2 Installation themed Assemblage during London fashion week

2010 3 Cover / article in Australian International art magazine ‘Silvershotz’as Neon O’clock Works

2010 3 Head Props were used for Italian Vogue shot by Steven Meisel

2010 3  Designed bespoke head props for Theo Adams Company’s official video directed by Matthew Jones

2010 4 Showcasing In Utero Collections at a boutique Machine-A

2010 5 Head props used by a stylist Catherine Baba for a documentary film directed by Eva Ionesco
(a daughter of a photographer Irina Ionesco)

2010 5 Head props used for a shoot by Mario Testino

2010 6 Bespoke head props for a German pianist Hauschka for his press photos.

2010 9 Bespoke head props for a photographer/performer Wendy Bevan
Film screened in Rich Mix cinema
Also exhibited in Sub museum Tokyo

2010 9 The first own show titled ‘Déjà vu’ in London Fashion week in unique style composed of portraits, film and performance.
Photos and films were featured in so many magazine / online press.

2010 9 Photo exhibition of Déjà vu at a gallery in East London

2010 10 Head props in stock at shops in London & Tokyo
London
Machine-A, THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY , LUNA & CURIOUS , 125 LEDBURY ROAD,  START, NOT JUST A LABEL
Tokyo
CANDY, SISTER, SUB MUSEUM.

2010 12 Book exhibition of all the history 2005-2010 as Neon O’clock Works in Sub museum, Tokyo

2011 1 Head Prop exhibition ‘In Utero’ at Candy, Tokyo

2011 2 Joined Femme management Japan

2011 10 Regenerate Japan charity event (exhibition of collections & hair styling of the fashion show)

2011 10 MNEMOSYNE collection

2011 12 Photo Exhibition of MNEMOSYNE @ Sister Tokyo

2012 1 'NEON O'CLOCK THEATER' Photo & Installation Exhibitiona as NEON O'CLOCK WORKS @ Garter, Tokyo

2012 4 'The Secret Museum by Neon O'clock Works @ Laforet Harajuku

2012 4 Produced THE SECRET MUSEUM in Harajuku, Tokyo (shop design)

2013 2 Selected head pieces were exhibited in 'BRUNO GLINT', London

2013 5 Produced NEON O'CLOCK LIBRARY in Harajuku, Tokyo (shop design)

2013 5 Selected head pieces were exhibited in 'SECOND NATURE', PM gallery, London

2013 Joined Julian Watson Agency, NY

2014 03 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons aw2014-15 Paris Collection

2014 06 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons ss2014-15 Paris Collection

2014 09 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons ss2014-15 Paris Collection

2015 01 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE MAN comme des garcons aw2014-15 Paris Collection

2015 03 Hair & Head prop direction for JUNYA WATANABE comme des garcons aw2015-16 Paris Collection


 

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