Untitled

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Taipei, Michael Ku Gallery, LONG SEASON, 21 February - 26 April 2009

  • Catalogue Essay

    I try to paint pictures that only I can paint. I paint people because I feel particularly motivated by human subjects.” Searching for another world within his paintings, Izumi Kato inexhaustibly turns to human subjects for his source of inspiration, a world that contains a fiction that is as powerful as reality. Kato perfectly captures this dynamic energy in Untitled, creating a captivating realm that lies in the depth of human unconsciousness. A family of three human figures, a man, a woman and a child, resides in this new world that Kato creates in Untitled, with bloated oval heads, two big, fathomless eyes and a crudely figured nose and mouth. These figures are devoid of superficial details such as facial expressions, maintaining a sense of anonymity that does not call to mind any specific person, yet what remains allure whirls of power. Rooted to the earth with an abundance of minerals, the tree trunk extends into full branches that weave the three figures together, representing a family lineage. Like a tree, a family is born, flourishes and branches out. Through the ‘family tree’ motif, Kato builds a psychological bridge between primitivism of nature and the true face of basic human life, moving the viewers and stimulating our imagination to consider the true essence of our existence as an evolutionary process that does not differentiate from the earth.

    There is a magical intensity in Untitled through the eerie colour tones that Kato deploys to deepen his painting. He first creates expansive fields of colour in the background with rubber spatulas, and for the remaining space of the canvas, he directly applies paint with his hands and fingers while wearing vinyl gloves. Trusting and using his body as a painting tool, his strokes are not intentional or pre-meditated, but rather an instinctive premonition. With a unique new form of expression, Kato is undoubtedly breaking new ground in the contemporary art world, continuously garnering critical attention internationally.

  • Catalogue Essay

    「我想畫只有我能畫的,畫人是因為人物題材特別能啟發我。」加藤泉在他的畫作中找尋另一個世界,不斷以人物題材作為他的靈感來源,那個世界雖是虛構的,但與現實一樣強大。加藤泉在作品《無題》中完好捕捉到這種動態力量,呈現人類無意識深處的迷人之境。畫中一組三人,一男一女還有一個小孩,出現在加藤泉在《無題》創造的新世界。膨脹的橢圓形腦袋,一雙碩大深邃的眼睛,鼻子和嘴巴造型粗糙。這些人物都被捨去了面部表情等表面細節,保持它們的匿名性質,不指向特定人物,但卻能煽起一連串的力量。樹幹扎根在充滿礦物質的大地,長出樹枝,連接三個人物,代表家族的脈絡。家庭就像樹木一樣誕生、興旺、開枝散葉。通過「家譜」主題,加藤泉為自然的原始主義和基本人類生活的真實面建立起一座精神橋樑,帶動觀者也激發我們的想像力,其實我們存在的真實意義與大地的進化過程並無不同。

    《無題》的奇異色調透露出一種神奇的強度,令畫作更為深刻。藝術家先以橡膠抹刀在背景畫上廣闊的色域,而在畫面其他部分則直接戴人造樹脂手套,以手和手指塗抹。加藤泉信任並使用自己的身體作為繪畫工具,筆畫不是刻意或提前編排的,而是來自一種本能的徵兆。藝術家的表達手法新穎而獨特,無疑為全球的當代藝術界打開新的一章,繼續在國際上獲得藝評關注。

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Untitled

2008
signed and dated ‘2008 KATO [in English and Kanji]' on the reverse
oil on canvas
99.8 x 80.1 cm. (39 1/4 x 31 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2008.

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 
€23,100-34,600
$25,600-38,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019