Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Keita Morimoto
Strange Guild
February 4–27, 2016


Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 6-8 PM

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present Strange Guild, an exhibition of works by Keita Morimoto. The exhibition will open on February 4th and will run until February 27th with an opening reception on Thursday, February 4th.

Keita Morimoto was born in Osaka, Japan and moved to Toronto to study painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon arriving in Canada, Morimoto was greatly inspired by European Masters, particularly Rembrandt, Goya, Fragonard, Gainsborough and Caravaggio, after experiencing their work in person for the first time in North American museums. Morimoto’s Japanese heritage is still evident in the work’s somber tone and subtle anime qualities, however, it is the juxtaposition of east and west, youth and maturity, and classical and kitsch that gives his exquisitely rendered paintings an alluring edge.

In Morimoto’s exhibition, Strange Guild, his paintings depict several of his peers in a series of backdrops loosely based on historical paintings from the Renaissance to Romanticism. His remarkable ability to paint light and luminous flesh allows Morimoto to transition seamlessly between these movements. Rather than being complacent in their surroundings, Morimoto’s subjects convey an air of rebellion, anti-conformity and angst that is synonymous with contemporary youth culture. Although disguised with humour and cheeky references, Morimoto’s intent with his subversive subjects is to highlight a segment of the population that is often dismissed or overlooked.

Morimoto graduated from OCAD in 2012 and has since exhibited in Canada and the United States. His exhibition, Nightwatchers, at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2014 was widely acclaimed. This is Morimoto’s first solo exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery.

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