Katsumi Kimoto is originally from the coastal community of Ucluelet, located on Vancouver Island, and now resides in Vancouver, BC. Having worked as a dedicated abstract painter, an art curator and an art dealer over the last two decades, Katsumi opened his very onw Kimoto Gallery space, in 2013. In Summer 2019, Kimoto closed the physical gallery space and in 2020 focused his opertaions strictly online, and out of his warehouse studio. Kimoto Gallery features talented regional and national Canadian artists, and Kats is proud to exhibit his work, alongside his hard-working friends and fellow artists.
Inspired by the rugged west coast landscape, Kimoto’s abstract work plays with colour, texture, movement and depth, 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. My experiences are the foundation of my work. Abstract artwork for me is truly about capturing the essence or feeling of something, in the paint, without painting the thing itself.” Kimoto also creates a series of what he considers an original painted and resined edition of pop images, such as skulls, koi fish, anchors & butterflies. 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.