Abstract painter Yoshinobu Kato, 84, is a unique artist who has concentrated on painting tiny dots — literally thousands of dots — on canvasses and other surfaces for about six decades.
In the early years of his artistic activities, he only used black dots and later moved on to incorporate color.
In his latest exhibition, which will be held May 8-20 at Gallery Kawafune in Tokyo's Kyobashi area, Kato aims to pay tribute to one of his mentors, Shuji Hisatsune (1911-1982), a landscape gardener.
Hisatsune is well-known for repairing famous gardens of Kyoto, including the gardens of such temples as Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), Tenryu-ji, Saiho-ji, Nishi Hongan-ji, Chishaku-in and Nanzen-ji. Kato studied the basics of landscape gardening under Hisatsune for about 10 years.
The exhibition will comprise 31 pieces, including a 10-meter-long piece that took Kato six year to complete. The pieces will include both black-and-white pieces and color pieces.
Kato will be present in the gallery throughout the exhibition period.