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[Illustrations] An Emptier Side of Tokyo in Naoki Tomita's Oil Paintings

One thing that can safely be said about Tokyo is that it is not under-represented visually.

From movies and TV shows to photography and art, there is no shortage of imagery from the Japanese capital. Even if you've never been, you're probably familiar with neon-drenched tableaux of Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Sky Tree and the legendary Tsukiji Fish Market.

Many of these mediums portray the vast human scale of the world's most populous city; however painter Naoki Tomita takes a different approach: painting colorful scenes of the immense megacity without a single person in sight.

Spoon & Tamago highlights Tomita's latest project, simply titled Tokyo, which features the city as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

According to the arts and culture website, the painter was born in Ibaraki, which neighbors Tokyo, and attended art school in Kyoto before receiving a Master's in Fine Arts in the capital. His latest exhibition, which some of the below paintings are part of, is currently on display at the Maho Kubota Gallery in Tokyo until November 22.

Take a look at a lush, people-less Tokyo below:

Tokyo, Shibuya (2019)

Tokyo, Metropolitan Expressway (2019)

Tokyo, National Stadium (2019)

Night Road (2018)

Rainy Day (2017)

Tokyo, Yaesu (2016)

[Images via Spoon & Tamago]

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