Vers Andromeda, 1989

by Hajime Kato


Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting “light and wind”. “His style is filled with a brisk energy, like wind fairies dancing wildly in the transparent morning sun light.” – Shuji Takashina, professor Emeritus at Toyko University and Director of Ohara Art Museum.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 89.0 x 116.0 cm/35.0 x 45.7 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Kato’ and dated (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


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    Kato’s mesmerising paintings are filled with sharp edged spindle-shapes that appear ready to slice open the air that surrounds them. Each of these shapes appears to be moving, creating a sense of speed and tension within the picture. The way the shapes interlock and overlap one another gives them a very sleek almost natural appearance, despite their bright, otherworldly colours. This creates a sense of euphoria for the viewer, as if they are floating in a boundless space, completely freed from our Earthly bindings.

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    A true Edokko (Tokyoite), Hajime Kato was born in 1925 in Kanda, Tokyo.
    As a young man, Kato won a number of titles in various categories in bicycle races and he also was a candidate for the Olympic team to compete in Helsinki.

    To save the family home from financial problems he gave up his place with the Olympic team and instead rode as a top cyclist in Keirin tournaments. In 1958, he left for France to devote himself to pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a painter.

    Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting “light and wind”.

    Today his works are collected worldwide by a great number of enthusiasts across the globe.


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