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MITSUO KIMURA
MITSUO KIMURA
Japanese born Kimura paints works inspired by his upbringing surrounded by the thriving Japanese anime and cartoon industry. With staggering technical detail and an intensity of image rarely seen in the work of Western artists, Kimura captures a collision of Eastern and Western notions of life and how we navigate through its varied meanings.
Having visited Canada to learn and improve his English speaking skills in 2007, Kimura returned to Japan invigorated by his experience of a new culture and began to search for an audience for his work. Longing for a return to Canada to continue his development in English and his Art practice. Kimura, who holds a BFA from Musashino Art University (Japan) began to search for galleries who exhibit artists in his generation and aesthetic. Kimura applied with a portfolio of unique, youthful images, born out of his experience in the culture of both rural and urban Japan. Densely crafted paintings on paper of animals and characters explore the concept of the earth as a pond in which all life exists, its joys, pains, and disappointments. Narrative based and truly inspired by a childhood in the saturated visual environment of Japan, Kimura’s rendering skills impress and reflect a dedication and devotion to the understanding of the world around him. Taking the form of popular anime in it's detail, colour and playful imagery, Kimura crafts images unique to the North American audience, whom often experience artists experiencing asian otaku culture through the lens of Western experience. Kimura also has a BFA from Ontario Collage of Art and Design
Mitsuo Kimura - Imperial  

acrylic and ink on paper, 2016, 20” x 24”

WORKS
Where I Am, I Have Known
Where I Am, I Have Known

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 20x16

Where I Go, I should never know
Where I Go, I should never know

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 20x16

Kimura - My Belief Grow 24 x 20
Kimura - My Belief Grow 24 x 20
Emotional Wave 9
Emotional Wave 9

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016,20x20

Anthurium
Anthurium

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Canna
Canna

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Peace Lily
Peace Lily

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Opium
Opium

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, x16

Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Gardenia
Gardenia

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Camellia
Camellia

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot

Acrylic and Ink on paper mounted to board, 2016, 14x11

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Mistuo Kimura _Ecliptic_ acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2014, 42x72
Mistuo Kimura _Ecliptic_ acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2014, 42x72
Kimura Memorial Mask 18x18
Kimura Memorial Mask 18x18
Kimura Imperial 24 x 20 copy
Kimura Imperial 24 x 20 copy
Kimura Song For Here 4 18x18
Kimura Song For Here 4 18x18
Kimura The Joy in Awareness 20x20
Kimura The Joy in Awareness 20x20
Kimura Trappings of Life1 20x20
Kimura Trappings of Life1 20x20
Kimura Tail of Solitude 20 x 24
Kimura Tail of Solitude 20 x 24
Kimura Trappings of Life2 20 x 16
Kimura Trappings of Life2 20 x 16
Kimura_Gratitude 48x36
Kimura_Gratitude 48x36
Kimura Song for Here2 18x18
Kimura Song for Here2 18x18
Excavation 4
Excavation 4

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2015, 20x16

Excavation 1
Excavation 1

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2015, 20x16

Excavation 2
Excavation 2

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2015, 20x16

Strange Land in the Night
Strange Land in the Night

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 42x54, 2014

Phantom Smile
Phantom Smile

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2013, 42x48

A
A

acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 36x36, 2012

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EXHIBITION LIST
Mitsuo Kimura - Seeking Light

mixed media, 2011

 Solo Exhibitions

2012 - Strange Journey, LE Gallery, Toronto, Ont, Canada

2011 - Go into the Deep Forest, LE Gallery, Toronto, Ont, Canada

2010 – Life in the Pond, LE Gallery, Toronto, Ont, Canada

 Group Exhibitions

2011 - LE SEPT, LE Gallery, Toronto, Ont, Canada

2009 – From me to You, Show and Tell gallery Toronto, Canada

2009 – Minutial Matters, Head Bones Gallery Toronto, Canada

2009 – The Kids are Alright, Show & Tell gallery Toronto, Canada

2009 - Young Canada Presents: Who’s got the papers?, LE gallery Toronto, Canada

2007 - Tokyo Wonder wall 2007, Museum of contemporary art Tokyo

2006 - Story Board, Sanai Gallery, Tokyo, Nigyouchou

2005 - Mitsuo Kimura, Kiyora Sugino, S-Gallery-2010 Tokyo, Kodaira

2004 - Universal Note, S-Gallery-2010 Tokyo, Kodaira

2004 - Deep Equinox, Spiral Club Tokyo, Ropoongi

2004 - The Flush Of Life 2004, Design Festival Gallery Harajuku

2003 - Space And Art Exhibit, World Trade Centre Hamamatsucho

2003 - Waiting for dinner, Setagaya Kumin Gallery Tokyo, Setagaya

2002 Naïve Art 4, Peppers Gallery Tokyo, Ginza

 Art

 

Mitsuo Kimura - Bloom In Pain
acrylic and ink on paper mounted to board, 2014, 72x36
TIME WILL TELL OUR STORY
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