Katsumi Kimoto is originally from the coastal community of Ucluelet, located on Vancouver Island. He now resides in Vancouver, BC. where he's worked as a dedicated abstract painter, an art curator and an art dealer for the last two decades. Katsumi opened the Kimoto Gallery space, in 2013. However, in the Summer of 2019, Kimoto closed the physical gallery space due to construction, and has focused his operations strictly online and out of his warehouse studio, for the time being. Kimoto Gallery features talented regional and national Canadian artists, and Kats is proud to exhibit his work, alongside his hard-working artist friends and peers.
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 these 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, rather than painting the thing representationally.” Kimoto also creates a series of original hand painted/marbled and resined pop images, such as skulls, koi fish, anchors, butterflies & hearts. Kimoto achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction) from Concordia University in Montreal, QC, and has a Diploma in Visual Arts (with honours) from Kwantlen College, in Surrey, BC. He also completed a Senior Management Certificate in Business & New Media Design from BCIT, in Burnaby, BC.