Izumi Kato, ‘Untitled’, 2016, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Applying layer upon layer of somber-hued pigment directly with his hands rubbing the color onto the canvas, Izumi Kato’s paintings of creatures with human contours possess a powerful and enigmatic presence that seems to illuminate the core of the human body. Actively exhibiting internationally, especially after his participation in the Venice Biennale in 2007, Kato's paintings reflect the artist's own physicality through the use of bold, vigorous curves, conveying a sense of direct artistic expression through classical painting techniques. His New York debut was in the acclaimed Japan Society exhibition "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture," curated by Takashi Murakami in 2005. Kato returned for his first solo exhibition in New York this year at Galerie Perrotin.

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Signature: Signed on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin, © 2016 Izumi Kato

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