MAY 29 - JUNE 20, 2015
KIMOTO GALLERY, VANCOUVER BC
My goal with Kuroshio is to pay tribute to the formative years I spent on the Pacific Ocean, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my pursuit as an artist. The Kuroshio was the name of my late Father’s commercial fishing boat, where I spent many years working with my father as fishermen on the open sea. The boat was named after the warm North Pacific ocean current, known for its dark blue waters, which flows from the Sea of Japan and makes its way to Canada, something I feel a natural affinity to being of a Japanese-Canadian heritage.
As an artist, I often contemplated painting the ocean and how I would capture the movement of the water in an abstract form, the reflection of light and the colours of its depths and different environments. I have always found the ocean to be a powerful living force, seemingly breathing with each swell, endlessly moving and so beautiful in its every forms and times; from quiet, calm mornings and reflective sunsets, to the thunderous, crashing and stirring with the storms.
With this series, I have focused on using the flowing qualities of liquid acrylic paint to emulate the perpetual movement of the ocean by using repetition and pattern to create visual currents and directions. I hope to inspire viewers to explore the paintings as a whole through the glossy resin finish of the painting to the various interpolating layers painted underneath, creating that feeling of an undulating surface as your eyes fixate wide openly in the water, entranced in the wonder of nature’s unparalleled beauty.