Kimoto Gallery is pleased to present a new series by Katsumi Kimoto titled Kuroshio, opening in Vancouver on Friday, May 29th from 6 – 9pm. The exhibition will continue until June 20, 2015.
Katsumi Kimoto "Drift"
Katsumi Kimoto "Drift" Acrylic on Panel with Resin 40" x 60"
"My goal with Kuroshio is to pay tribute to the formative years I spent on the Pacific Ocean, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my pursuit as an artist. The Kuroshio was the name of my late Father’s commercial fishing boat, where I spent many years working with my father as fishermen on the open sea. The boat was named after the warm North Pacific ocean current, known for its dark blue waters, which flows from the Sea of Japan and makes its way to Canada, something I feel a natural affinity to being of a Japanese-Canadian heritage.
As an artist, I often contemplated painting the ocean and how I would capture the movement of the water in an abstract form, the reflection of light and the colours of its depths and different environments. I have always found the ocean to be a powerful living force, seemingly breathing with each swell, endlessly moving and so beautiful in its every forms and times; from quiet, calm mornings and reflective sunsets, to the thunderous, crashing and stirring with the storms.
With this series, I have focused on using the flowing qualities of liquid acrylic paint to emulate the perpetual movement of the ocean by using repetition and pattern to create visual currents and directions. I hope to inspire viewers to explore the paintings as a whole through the glossy resin finish of the painting to the various interpolating layers painted underneath, creating that feeling of an undulating surface as your eyes fixate wide openly in the water, entranced in the wonder of nature’s unparalleled beauty.”
Katsumi Kimoto is originally from the coastal community of Ucluelet, BC, located on the West coast of Vancouver Island. Currently, Kimoto lives and works in Vancouver, BC, and operates his commercial art gallery by the same name, Kimoto Gallery.
Kimoto’s new works will be on display at the Kimoto Gallery from May 29 - June 20, 2015