“Izumi Kato is one of the most active artists in today’s art scene. He is much-talked-about, from participating in the 2007 Venice Biennale exhibition to his recent successful completion of a large-scale solo exhibition at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Kato’s works are characterised by rugged wood carvings and colorations that depict co-existence of mankind and plants with sepia brushstrokes. While retaining the shape of a human, his incredibly unique expressions of variant life forms – which can even be see as a fetus or aline – allow viewers to imagine a primitive form of life. It is plain to see that the root of Kato’s ideas and what he wants to express [his concept] are consistent, even though the materials and techniques differ between his oil paintings and sculptures.” Aratani Urano.
Image: Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2011. Pencil, watercolour, pastel, collage on paper. 73.5×56.6cms.
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