OVERVIEW

Born in Osaka in 1990, Morimoto immigrated to Canada in 2006 at the age of 16, and spent the following 16 years in Toronto before returning to Japan in 2021. He is currently based in Tokyo. He completed high school in Canada at Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario, and received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 2012. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) and the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto. Morimoto is best known for his paintings of Toronto cityscapes and inhabitants, which bring classical techniques into the present day and transform everyday scenes into extraordinary ones. Through his practice, Morimoto raises questions regarding the structural fragility of the visible real world and the true nature of the affluence that we hold necessary for survival.

HISTORY

2021
After Dark, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo, Japan

2020
Garden of Lights, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2018
Light Passage, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016
Strange Guild, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2014
Oasis, Galerie Youn, Montreal, Canada
The Nightwatchers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2018
These things I have seen, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, USA

2016
RBC Canadian Painting Exhibition, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
About Face, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2015
Invisible College, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, USA

2014
Superhuman, Plus Gallery, Denver, USA

2014
LAX / TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany

2013
Toronto: Out-of-Doors, Al Green Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Bell Trinity Square Permanent Public Installation, Toronto
Urban Nation Museum, Berlin
The Bora Family Collection, Istanbul
Stikeman Elliot LLP, Toronto
Ninepoint Partners LP, Toronto
Loyalty One, Toronto
Infor Financial Group, Toronto

After Dark

WORKS

NEWS

Notice of Extended Exhibition: November 20, 2021 – January 29, 2022

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce the current exhibition ‘After Dark’ by Keita Morimoto has been extended to Saturday, January 29 (Sat). Morimoto extends the motif of “light” not only to natural and sacred phenomena, but also to the objects that attract people in today’s consumer society, such as vending machines, fast food restaurants, or electric signs

Keita Morimoto ‘After Dark’

From November 20 to December 25, 2021, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tennoz is pleased to present ‘After Dark,’ a solo exhibition by Keita Morimoto. After 15 years in Canada, the artist has returned to Japan this year to unveil 21 new paintings at his first ever solo exhibition in his home country. Learn more   Exhibiton Outline