Thomas OKOK Gunnarsson, born 1979, is an artist, documentary film maker, photographer, tattoo artist and rapper from Stockholm, Sweden. He’s autodidact with early roots in the world of graffiti writing, still very active within this subculture.
Thomas has been exhibiting his art in Lublin, New York, Paris, Osaka, Kyoto and Stockholm. On several occasions, Thomas has used painting as a performance, painting in front of people at, for example, Stockholm Jazz Festival and Affordable Art Fair. Additionally, he has curated exhibitions at restaurant Ljunggren and Clarion Hotel.
Thomas’ art is about capturing time. The process is as important as the final outcome – the next piece is even more important than what he’s painting now. He collects evidence of his existence. Evidence that consists of drawings, paintings, movies and photographs. A day without creating something is a day that never existed.
Thomas treats his work as a voyage discovery without a specific goal. He does not want to know where he’s heading. Instead, he’s letting his hands and eyes collaborate with his soul – disconnecting thought. He is creating visual mistakes that he balances with other mistakes. Letting the energy of the Universe flow – filtered through the years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds that led to this exact point in time – in front of this particular white paper.