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.
Image Credit: Keita Morimoto, Flora, 2015, oil on linen, 96 x 48 in. Courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery.