Lot 229 Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei

Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei


Izumi Kato (Japanese, 1969)


Oil on canvas

194 x 130.3 cm


TWD 10,000,000-18,000,000

HKD 2,717,000-4,891,000

USD 347,800-626,100

CNY 2,227,000-4,009,000

Sold Price

TWD 16,800,000

HKD 4,491,979

USD 571,818

CNY 3,818,182


Signed on the reverse KATO in English Izumi in Japanese Kanji inscribed Oil on Canvas 194 x 130.3 cm and dated 2016

Perrotin Gallery Private collection,Asia


The nature and myth of Kato Izumi “My life is a constant adventure”

Born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan in 1969, the artwork of Kato Izumi uncovered the life and death in philosophy, the mass universe and the incarnation of life. After graduating from the Department of Oil Painting, Musashino Art University in 1992, he did not immediately throw himself into the art world, instead he worked in the construction industry for 6 or 7 years until he was 30 years old. He then decided to leave the construction site and wholeheartedly devoted to creation. His creations are always named Untitled, yet most of them are human-like creatures. The imagery of his works is slightly mysterious, resembling the spirits resided in mountains and forests, with the spirit of Japanese Shintoism that all living things are divinities. His work contains a distinct original cultural image, the creatures are full of vitality as though depicted in myths and legends. From his creation, one can see his yearning for ancient nature, and also his imaginative and adventurous exploration spirit.

“Paintings should be like children freely swiping their brushes” Kato Izumi once described. He likes antiquities, also likes to visit museums, especially the statues of the Jomon period in Japan,“Untitled” made in 2016 featuring a female figure creature, which make his works unique, sometimes hermaphrodite, long limbs and creepy posture, feel like the primitive force of plants growing out of the ground but with the vitality of animals.

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Modern & Contemporary Art

Ravenel Spring Auction 2022 Taipei

Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2:00pm