• Keita Morimoto


    SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 1, 2022

  • Internationally renowned artist Keita Morimoto’s luminous cityscapes and portraits are painted in a classical technique that blends fantastical elements with real locations he finds in Tokyo and Toronto. His amplified use of colour and cinematic compositions transform everyday streets scenes into extraordinary worlds. While his paintings are dreamy, aesthetic tributes to storefronts, parking lots and other everyday urban encounters, underlying tones of isolation and displacement allude to concerns for the structural fragility and moral codes of contemporary life.

  • Keita Morimoto, Lost in Time, 2022

    Keita Morimoto

    Lost in Time, 2022 acrylic and oil on linen
    76 x 63 1/2 in.
  • When Morimoto returned to Japan in 2021 after spending 15 years in Canada, he found new resonance in the streets of Tokyo. He was especially drawn to the vending machines that are everywhere in the city and often in unexpected places. These illuminated boxes are a visual focal point in Morimoto’s paintings, like portals into another time and place and exemplify his interest in the historically symbolic motif of light. Using chiaroscuro, he combines its natural and sacred connotations with products of consumerist and industrial culture. 
  • Morimoto’s recent fascination with Japanese architecture and the juxtaposition of old and new buildings is conveyed in his large diptych at the centre of this exhibition, Contrasting Memories. The title, part of a quote extracted from Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84, reflects on people’s disparate memories and realities, co-existing in one place. The panoramic painting acts as a visual metaphor, depicting two adjacent streets in opposing architectural styles populated with figures engaged in concurrent but distinct narratives.
  • Keita Morimoto, Contrasting Memories, 2022

    Keita Morimoto

    Contrasting Memories, 2022 oil and acrylic on linen, diptych
    64 x 152 1/2 in.
  • Keita Morimoto, Up The Hill, 2022

    Keita Morimoto

    Up The Hill, 2022 acrylic and oil on linen
    64 x 76 1/2 in.
  • Keita Morimoto was born in Osaka, Japan. He moved to Canada when he was 16 and graduated from the Ontario College of Art + Design in 2012. He currently lives in Tokyo where he is represented by Kotaro Nukaga Gallery. He has exhibited in Canada, Japan and the United States. Exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Toronto in 2014 and the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 2018. His work will be included in a group exhibition at the Powerlong Museum in Shanghai in the fall of 2022.


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    On view at

    Nicholas Metivier Gallery

    190 Richmond St E, Toronto ON M5A 1P1

    through October 1, 2022.


    For additional information,

    please contact Sarah Massie, (416) 205-9000.