Katsumi Kimoto

I was raised up in the small coastal community of Ucluelet, BC, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. For the greater part of my life, this place I call home has been my inspiration. Quintessential westcoast images were featured throughout my childhood paintings and prevailed even until my university years in Concordia. As an art student in Montreal, I started removing representational images from my paintings and delved into pure abstracts, working with a deliberate selection of bright colours and lines, and focusing on urban themes, such as the city’s nightlife. When I moved back to Vancouver in 2001, I noticed quickly that my colour palette had changed, and I was fixated more on colours that evoked British Columbia. My abstract themes also changed to be more focused on the most vibrant images of the west coast, such as the ocean, waves, and forest.”

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2003 Senior Management Certificate in New Media Design, BCIT, Burnaby, BC
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
1999 Diploma in Visual Arts with Honors, Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

solo exhibition
2009 “In the Mix” Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 “Untidaled” Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 “Recent Work” Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 “The Nature of Things” Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC
2002 “Katsumi Kimoto” Lotus Eaters Gallery, Montreal, QC
2002 “Katsumi Kimoto, Paintings & Prints” Gallerie Luz, Montreal, QC, with support from National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund for series “Nisei Ladies of Ucluelet”
2001 “New Work” VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC
2001 “Visualizer” Blizzarts Night Club, Montreal, QC
2000 “Deliberate Abstract Visuals” Noise Records, Montreal, QC

selected group exhibitions
2009 “Summer Show” Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 “Fall Show” Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 “30 Year Anniversary” John Libby Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 “Visual Diaries” Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 “Winter Group Show” Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 “Pacific Rim Arts Show” in association with the Annual Whale Festival in Ucluelet & Tofino, Long Beach, BC
2005 “Art In The Gardens” Tofino Botantical Gardens, Tofino, BC
2003 “Alumni Show 03” Kwantlen University College Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2003 “Show” Sugar & Sugar Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Group Show Benefit
2002 “Cage En Liberte” Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, QC, Live Performance
2001 “Art Matters Festival” VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC, Group Show
2001 “Carnival” Party at the Cabaret, Montreal, QC, Group Show
2001 “Emergences” VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC, Group Show
2001 “Turbo”, Montreal, QC, Group Show

awards & articles
Rice Paper Magazine, Spring 2007
Preview: The Gallery Guide “Katsumi Kimoto: Untidaled” review by Mia Johnson, February/March 2006
Montreal Bulletin: Coverage of solo exhibit @ Gallerie Luz, March 2002
Montreal Gazette: Featured in Metropolis, “Accessible Art” article, May 2001
National Association Of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund Award: awarded for the print series “Nisei Ladies of Ucluelet”, January 2001, exhibited at Galerie Luz 2002
Heinze Jordan Award: 1st prize in digital print show, April 2000

Katsumi Kimoto, Tel: (604) 230–5287,
Email: kats_kimoto@hotmail.com

2 Comments for “Katsumi Kimoto”

Dennis Madokoro


Hey Kats,

I love your work, it reflects your home on the West Coast and how much it influences your life, well done, I am so proud of you, Dennis

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