Stephen Wirtz Gallery announces Angels Share, an exhibition of new paintings on paper by Marc Katano.
Seen in Angels Share are eleven new works in acrylic and ink on Nepalese and Okawara paper.
Katano’s newest paintings connect the physicality of painting within interior moments of clarity. Emotionality and personal expression are inferred in the basic elements of painting through ‘mark making’, as seen in Japanese calligraphy. Creating movement in painting through acrylic, ink and water provides Katano’s paintings with a freedom noticeable in its spontaneous form and direction.
With each painting the materials vary slightly adhering to Katano’s interest in simple and natural movements while maintaining an emphasis on the intuitive. To achieve balance, Katano applies dense strokes of paint in close proximity to one another, layering a darker form on a lighter form with rhythmic and nuanced patterns. Painting on handmade Japanese paper supplies a textural backdrop which mimics the ethereal in Katano’s work.
Marc Katano (American, b. Tokyo, Japan, 1952) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA in 1975. Katano is the recipient of the prestigious SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has had forty-one solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a large survey exhibition at the Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI. Katano’s work has also been included in exhibitions at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, San Jose, CA and Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ. Katano lives and works in Sonoma, CA.