Katsuya Sugimoto A cute girl is being mocked

Dimensions:
27.3 x 22 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto Bala

Dimensions:
259 x 194 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas, panel. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Katsuya Sugimoto Camouflage_00

Dimensions:
31.8 x 41 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2013

Katsuya Sugimoto Camouflage_01

Dimensions:
50.5 x 73 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2013

Katsuya Sugimoto Category Black 01

Dimensions:
53 x 65,2 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katsuya Sugimoto Category Skyblue or Pink

Dimensions:
60.6 x 72.7 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katsuya Sugimoto Category White 01

Dimensions:
31.8 x 41 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katsuya Sugimoto Dreamer

Dimensions:
130.3 x 162 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Katsuya Sugimoto Egg Tear

Dimensions:
53 x 41 cm

Description:
Oil on panel. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Katsuya Sugimoto Even if the army comes, even if the tomato bursts

Dimensions:
162 x 162 cm

Description:
Oil on panel. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Katsuya Sugimoto Existence 01

Dimensions:
85 x 85 x 7 cm

Description:
Mixed media. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2013

Katsuya Sugimoto Extinction

Dimensions:
91 x 116.7 x 3.2 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2013

Katsuya Sugimoto Melon War

Dimensions:
162 x 162 cm

Description:
Oil on panel. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Katsuya Sugimoto Mushroom Trip

Dimensions:
162 x 130.3 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Katsuya Sugimoto Onlooker

Dimensions:
30 x 30 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

Katsuya Sugimoto Only Lonly

Dimensions:
53 x 45.5 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto Placement

Dimensions:
27.3 x 22 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto Scene of accident

Dimensions:
33.3 x 24.2 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto Square

Dimensions:
91 x 91 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Katsuya Sugimoto Thief

Dimensions:
27.3 x 22 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto White or Black, White and Black

Dimensions:
33.3 x 24.2 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto You and Me

Dimensions:
33.3 x 24.2 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2010

Katsuya Sugimoto Intrigue

Dimensions:
30 x 30 cm

Description:
Oil on canvas. Image © Katsuya Sugimoto. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2012

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Katsuya Sugimoto
Fantasy Paintings

In his paintings, Katsuya Sugimoto combines a fantasy world filled with pocket-size toys and tender humor with a matured technique to create a synthesis that gives his pieces an uncanny feeling.

The artist collected hundreds of colorful plastic toy-figures and miniature car-models, which he brings into the 2-dimensional art of painting while preserving and stressing their “sweet tactility”, “pretty volume” and “lovable expressiveness.”

Katsuya Sugimoto works in hyperrealistic technique but develops and further extends its main features. First, he concentrates on the reflections and play of light; in his case, however, it is a “hyperreal glow” on fruits or sweets that stretches visual effects to an anatomical dimension. They provoke feelings of lusciousness both in visual and physiological senses, revealing all the distortions, blur and dazzling spots in his works. As he develops an interplay of 2-dimensional planes, the artist also stresses 3-dimensional representations. The clouds and blots in Sugimoto’s works counter-play with illusion of depth and shades, hinting at traditional Japanese paintings. This approach allows the artist to synthesize on one canvas flatness and dynamism, realistic objectiveness and an air of imagination. Finally, if hyper-representational approach offers clearly graspable and perfectly seen images, in the case of Katsuya Sugimoto the opposite side of visuality, namely “the unseen”, indistinctive or confusing aspects of images gain their strength by offering a “blocked vision” parallel to a “transparent imaginary.”

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