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Mar 16
Art and Art History presents Keita Morimoto

Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location Trafalgar - Annie Smith Arts Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H2L1

Keita Morimoto is a painter working in Toronto, Ontario. Morimoto was born and raised in Osaka, Japan and moved to Toronto in 2008 in order to pursue postsecondary education at OCAD University. Before and after graduating from OCAD University in 2012, his work has been exhibited in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Indiana, Berlin, Portland, San Francisco, Miami and Montreal, as well as in Toronto. He has mounted four solo exhibitions including a solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Contemporary Art. He has also participated in charity auctions including Art with Heart to support HIV care and Artists Help Japan for tsunami relief. Since January 2015, Morimoto has been represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

Morimoto: My work has always had a strong focus on depicting a sense of fantasy and magic within the mundane, specifically through portraiture. My paintings reference a wide spectrum of artists' works, from the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt to Modern Magic Realist Edward Hopper. I am drawn to the consistent theme of realism steeped in fiction and unreality found in paintings throughout history. The focus of the talk will be on my studio practice as well as how these themes and ideas have played a significant role in the ongoing development of my work.

Keita Morimoto

Image: Keita Morimoto, At the Intersection (2016), oil on linen over panel, 16 x 12 inches