Karuizawa Gallery 2, 3

September 9 - October 16, 2022


Born in Fukushima, after graduating from Asaka highschool, Katusyoshi Inokuma studied art at several art institutes in Tokyo. It was “Memorial of AOKI Nishinippon Art Exhibition” in 1996 that triggered reevaluation of Inokuma. After this award, he devoted himself to the painting. Over his early period from 1970s to 1980s, Inokuma had been active in drawing concrete paintings. After that, he shifted his focus on abstract paintings based on various nuances dwelled in the color of blue in 1990s, which has borne fruit as “In Blue Series” from1993 until today. The works of this series are structured by partitions of gentle and soft blue colors with some rectangular shape dotted around, reaches a height of unique expression. On the other hand, in recent works of the series, decorative elements of expression such as colorful tones and dripping technique are disappeared. Instead, Inokuma adopts serene white and black asthematic colors, which produce a depth of space. His signature color of ultramarine blue, commonly called “Inokuma Blue” which covered on the entire surface, pink toned under-color behind blue, and coffee powder used as a part of mediums are blended together, create also new color phase of purple; these effective layers invoke a kind of nostalgic feeling with tactile sensation. For the artist, the most important creative principles is to produce “works that step into the heart of the viewers, ideally to the deepest cores of their hearts, as well as producing expression where the viewers’ memory crosses with the work”. One work is finally completed when passion of the artist gains sympathy of the viewer ― this is the essence of the Art of Inokuma.


IN BLUE May ’18, 2018, 29.6 x 237.5 cm


September 9 - October 16, 2022

Karuizawa Gallery

1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)267 46 8691
Fax: +81 (0)267 46 8692
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday
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