All images copyright Katsumi Kimoto. All rights reserved.

Born: June 29th, 1976, Sidney, BC, Canada

Currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada


Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2015 "Kuroshio" Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 "Fluid Impressions" Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 "Katsumi Kimoto & Suzy Kim" Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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

2012 "Pacific Rim Artist Society Annual Show" ArtSplash Gallery, Ucluelet, BC
2011 "Summer Show" Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
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

Westerly News "Artist's Vancouver gallery showcases Ucluelet Roots", May 2015
Alelle Magazine: Cover and feature, Summer 2014
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


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 Honours, Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

Photo by Jürgen Vogt

Abstract work for me is about capturing that something in the paint, without painting the it.


Like so many Canadian artists, past and present, I am greatly influenced by where I'm from and where I am now. These experiences are the foundation of my work.

I was raised in the small town of Ucluelet, BC, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This place I call home has been my inspiration. Quintessential west coast images were featured throughout my formative years. As an art student at Concordia University in Montreal, I started removing representational images from my work and delved into pure abstracts. At the time, I focused on urban themes, such as the city's nightlife and painted using a selection of bright colours, backgrounds and lines. When I moved back to Vancouver in 2001, I quickly noticed my colour palette changed and became focused on colours that evoked British Columbia. My abstract themes also shifted and were more fixated on the most vibrant themes of the west coast, such as the ocean, waves, mountains, snow and forest.

Grandmother's Tree at Spring Cove, Ucluelet, BC. Photo by Katsumi Kimoto

Currently, my work is mostly abstract and my subjects range from landscape and nature, to themes of our urban culture, where new media, fashion and design are celebrated. I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, which gives me access to a world of inspirations, both inner city and outdoors. I also continue to paint an ongoing series of representational works of the Pacific west coast, to pay tribute to where I grew up, as it will always be part of my soul.

I use a selection of the best acrylic paints on the market. I also varnish in layers and layers, applying it generously and often building it up to be quite thick, this adds a great deal of saturation and also depth.

When examining the work closely, an observer will find a heavily textured surface and investigate the painting process and materials. From a distance, the paintings can act as a visual field; upon closer inspection you find that they deceptively animate with different colours and lines that move your focus all over and throughout the composition. My pieces entice the viewer to perceive a place, object or perhaps a state of mind, represented in the paint. For me, abstract work is about capturing something in paint, without painting it.