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Matsui Kazutoshi
Collective Exhibition
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • The Breathing Sea
Mixed Media on Canvas
28.5" x 46" 

    The Breathing Sea

    Mixed Media on Canvas
    28.5" x 46"
  • Valley of the Gods
watercolor, pencil on Paper
17" x 20" 

    Valley of the Gods

    watercolor, pencil on Paper
    17" x 20"
  • The Way of the Humpback Whale
Oil on Canvas
21" x 31.5" 

    The Way of the Humpback Whale

    Oil on Canvas
    21" x 31.5"
  • Mountain Covered in Cherry Blossoms
watercolor, pencil on Paper
11.5" x 15.5" 

    Mountain Covered in Cherry Blossoms

    watercolor, pencil on Paper
    11.5" x 15.5"
  • Old Town on the Cape
watercolor, pencil on Paper
18" x 21" 

    Old Town on the Cape

    watercolor, pencil on Paper
    18" x 21"
  • Living with Snow II
watercolor, pencil on Paper
15.5" x 19" 

    Living with Snow II

    watercolor, pencil on Paper
    15.5" x 19"
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Matsui Kazutoshi

MATSUI KAZUTOSHI

Collective Exhibition
October 1 – October 21, 2022
Reception: Thursday, October 6, 2022 6-8 PM

Take a deep breath, in and out – our breath imitates the swelling and contracting of the sea as Matsui Kazutoshi highlights in The Breathing Sea. Kazutoshi’s blues are hauntingly beautiful, reminiscing of the quiet landscapes of tropical islands in Japan’s southern reaches like in Kakeroma Romance. In his ‘Living With Snow’ series, Kazutoshi plays with a muted color palette and staccato strokes. His work reflects both innocence and simplicity as Kazutoshi channels the power within the places he translates onto canvas from the moments in which they exist. His sensibility is decidedly Japanese, showing an elegance and minimalism characteristic of his culture and people.

Many of his works feature the traditional Japanese sumi ink: a medium related to watercolor in its texture, but in color is always deep black. Sumi inks are traditionally used in painterly fashion, always displaying the process and movement of each stroke. Kazutoshi’s work venerates these practices utilizing his strokes sparingly to highlight negative space and reflecting a Japanese aesthetic – one is reminded of the sparse prose of a literary counterpart Yasunari Kawabata who’s novel Snow Country would pair well with Living with Snow: both reflect a nostalgia for the old world, tradition and the natural world, all important themes in Kazutoshi’s work.

Kazutoshi Lives in Saitama, a city within the Greater Tokyo Area. He enjoys traveling throughout Japan where he is inspired by the varying landscapes and climates of his country.