About the artistOriginally from Ucluelet, BC, on Vancouver Island, Katsumi Kimoto is inspired by the rugged west coast landscape. His abstract paintings deal with colour, texture, movement and depth, and emulate the beauty of the Pacific. "I am currently working on two separate series, the first is based on Pareidolia, which is our mind’s tendancy to see things in abstract, such as faces, animals or objects.The same phenomenon that allows us to see things in cloud formations or the Rorschach ink-blot test (used in psychology). It’s a freeing process as I'm not abstracting something, instead I'm painting abstractly. The second series I'm making at the moment is a series is titled: “Biggest Mystery” which is based on masked skulls, found within one or two layers of abstract marbling. The concept come to me from an old saying “Death is the biggest mystery” and the iconic skull image of the skull lends itself well to the many different ideas surrounding death, what we leave behind, what we take with us and where we go, if anywhere. So, I'm treating this series like an edition, but every piece is hand painted and original" Kimoto achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, a Diploma in Visual Arts from Kwanten College and has a Senior Management Certificate in New Media Design from BCIT. Kimoto has worked professionally in art galleries for over 15 years, as a Sales Associate, Director & Curator, and now owns and operates the Kimoto Gallery in Vancouver.
Katsumi Kimoto is originally from Ucluelet, BC, and now lives in Vancouver. In 2013, Kats opened the Kimoto Gallery at 1525 West 6th Ave, just west of Granville St. in Vancouver.
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