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17/11/2022 - 07/01/2023

Contemporary - Painting


Izumi Kato

Tue-Fri: 10-6pm; Sat: 11-5pm

The exhibition, which celebrates the breadth of Kato’s practice, comprises painting, sculpture and drawing.

Kato animates figures that inhabit a liminal space between the physical and spiritual realms. His otherworldly subjects include children with distinctive faces, embryos with fully developed limbs, and figures with bulbous heads and large eyes attached to slender, graceful bodies. Speaking of these, the artist says, “They are no one and nowhere”; rather the forms are expressions of the energy and very essence of consciousness.

In the exhibition, Kato’s expressive paintings allude to themes of animism and folklore. Describing painting as the root of his practice, with bold clashing colours, the artist intuitively applies pigment to surfaces directly with his hands. Gathering material from his surroundings, he combines painting with stitching, knotting and carving – skills that as an avid fisherman he uses regularly – to create sculptures and installations formed out of found textile, wood and stone.


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