The GOODS from Kimoto Gallery
Vancouver, BC | Kimoto Gallery is pleased to present Vancouver artist Scott Sueme and his newest series titled “RETREAT” which will be exhibited from April 8th to May 7th, 2016. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 8th from 6 – 9pm with the artist in attendance.
ABOUT THE ARTIST | Scott Sueme has been working as a graphic artist and painter; building a multidisciplinary set of practices personally and commercially through art, design and within the graffiti subculture. Sueme has been commissioned to work with collaborators such as Nike, The NBA, and Lululemon.
ABOUT THE SHOW | “The series itself is about reflection, and the result of breaking things down to fundamentals. I’m inspired by recreation, the idea of leisure and play – sports, architecture and nature – you can see a bit of that in my new series but more in a subtle, indirect way. A departure from the graphic landscapes in my previous series ‘Arena’, this new work zooms in to focus on the essence of form, shape and the interactions of colour. The colour palette ranges from high contrast, to subtle neutral and off-white. The selection of these colours aims to capture the zeitgeist of our modern landscape – a fresh take on primary tones and in-between values. The result looks at a new association with colour, memory, and how we personally identify with them. Through the creative process, I work on top of under-paintings that vary in complexity. Forms are brought forward and then pushed back, blurring the line between foreground and background. Working in abstract, the pieces demand a bit more of your attention, you must embrace the risk of not knowing what the end result is going to look like. ‘Retreat’ Is a reference to the act of seeking leisure and rediscovering comfort in the act of painting. As the world becomes more developed, we begin to find satisfaction in wanting less. When we decide to tune out the noise we are left with the simple pleasures that bring us the joy we often overlook. I think it’s important every now and then to reevaluate where you are, how you got there, and ask if the work you are creating is still relevant to you; in order to grow you have to reset and see what you’re left with, this series is a result of that process.” – Scott Sueme
EXHIBITION : Scott Sueme | RETREAT
OPENING RECEPTION EVENT : Friday, April 8th, 2016 from 6 – 9PM. Artist in attendance
EXHIBITION DATES : APRIL 8th – MAY 7th, 2016
VENUE : KIMOTO GALLERY, 1525 W 6TH AVE, VANCOUVER BC
GALLERY HOURS : Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM
About Kimoto Gallery
Kimoto Gallery was established in 2013. The gallery is run by artist/curator Katsumi and his wife, Jiali, a designer. The gallery presents original art by emerging and established artists, both local and international. With over ten years experience in the art business, their clientele includes first-time buyers, seasoned collectors and corporations.
Katsumi Kimoto is an experienced curator, artist and art dealer. He’s been well known in Vancouver, BC, especially around South Granville’s Art Gallery Row. He has also been curating and managing some large corporate and private art collections in Vancouver. Being an artist himself, Katsumi brings a unique perspective to the gallery, understanding both sides of the business.
Jiali Kimoto, Katsumi’s wife, is an experienced, multi-faceted designer with over a decade in the graphic design and retail industry. Together, this husband and wife along with their baby girl MJ, have started a new journey to create this unique gallery space.
One of the goals at KIMOTO GALLERY is to offer the best fair market values available on original artworks. The gallery offers both accessible artworks for first-time buyers and art lovers, along with highly sought-after artworks by established and senior Canadian and International artists for the seasoned collectors.
Katsumi and Jiali are extremely excited to select and showcase the artwork of many of their talented peers and artist friends, “We’ve watched so many artists and artist friends develop over the years, and have been both impressed and amazed by the skill and genius of their work. Now we have the opportunity to bring these unique artworks to collectors in Vancouver and abroad. How can it get any better than that? We are confident that these talented and hard-working artists will not only look great on your walls, but will also be sound investments for future.”
“It’s been one year and a half since our grand opening and we couldn’t be happier! In our first year, we had 18 shows, and exhibited the work of 30 artists. We’d like to thank everyone who came through and supported us since we’ve opened. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun! We’d like to think we aren’t your typical gallery and also believe in building a strong artist community and camaraderie between some of the hardest-working artists in the city and beyond.”
“Our 2015 exhibition schedule has 13 exhibitions in total – partly because we’re burnt out from the first year – but also to give each artist’s show a longer soak, where more people can come in and enjoy their work. So please come in and see us! We have great opening parties and everyone is welcome.” “Special thanks to our gallery team, art advisor extraordinaire Chris Fadden, our faithful preparator Sean Goheen & newest gallery associate Amanda Prystasz.”
ACCOLADES & TESTIMONIALS
In the ten years that I have known Katsumi he has always demonstrated an incredible work ethic. He has a vast knowledge of the art world, both in the creative and the business side. I trust and value his advice greatly. Will Rafuse, Artist.
A piece owned by the artist Katsumi is a wonderfully magical thing, and made more special when you know that it was wrought by a very special guy. Wendy, Art Advisor.
Having a deep understanding of art and its histories combined with a keen sense of professionalism, Katsumi Kimoto is easy to work with and always the consummate professional. He has the ability to set both artists and collectors at ease thereby making what can be, at times, an ethereal business entirely accessible to all. He is a pleasure to work with. David Wilson, Artist.
I’ve known Katsumi for almost a decade. During his time working in galleries in Vancouver he has blended professionalism with openness and a sincere willingness to help artists and patrons. His ability to communicate with artists offering enthusiastic guidance is second to none. When talking with patrons or new gallery visitors he approaches with amicable delicacy. He is a welcome and much needed professional in the art scene. Marion Webber, Artist, Educator, Consultant.
It has been my pleasure working with Katsumi in the past. He is one of the few gallery people I have worked with able to balance his aesthetic with sales with an eye towards the needs of the artist. I have watched him speak with patrons, impressed as I was, they were more so. I’ve taken much of what I’ve seen from Katsumi to heart and it has better enabled me to bridge the gap between artist and patron. I very much look forward to working with him again. Arvid Wangen, Artist.
ove the diversity of art and artists showcased at the gallery. The Kimotos are great hosts and always make you feel welcome when you pop in for a visit. Jillian Neve.
I saw this gallery on this years Art Walk. The piece that attracted me and is right up my ally was the huma(n)ature pieces by Jennifer Clark. I picked up a postcard of her piece. Her art is a combination of a Tool poster meets the pastel works of Tara McPherson. I just stood and looked at her work hypnotized and mesmerized for a good 20 minutes. The guy running the gallery was super awesome and friendly. The prices for the pieces for what they are are very reasonable. SHILA B, YELP Reviewer