Painting, Printmaking

Kimoto, Katsumi

About the artist
As Art buyers I believe we buy what we know and as a painter I paint what I know. :) Originally from Ucluelet, BC, on Vancouver Island, Katsumi Kimoto is inspired by the rugged west coast landscape. His abstract work works with colour, texture, movement and depth, often to emulate the beauty of the Pacific. “I am greatly influenced by where I'm from and by the beautiful things that have always inspired me. Abstract artwork for me is truly about capturing the essence or feeling of something, in the paint, without painting the thing itself.” "With my current series, I have focused on Pareidolia, which is our mind’s tendancy to see things, within a minimal amount of stimuli, such as faces, animals or objects. For example, it’s the same phenomenon that allows us to see things in cloud formations. Pareidolia is also famous in psychology due to the Rorschach ink-blot test used to interpret a subjects mental state. It’s a freeing process as I'm not abstracting something, instead I'm painting abstraction and letting the piece go." Kimoto achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from Concordia University in Montreal, QC, and has a Diploma in Visual Arts, with Honors, from Kwantlen College, in Surrey, BC. He also completed a Senior Management Certificate in New Media Design, from BCIT in Burnaby, BC. Kimoto has worked professionally in art galleries for over 15 years, as a Sales Associate, Director & Curator, and now runs 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.

Map Code: D3
1000 Parker St.
Vancouver , BC
Studio #108