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When it comes to Japanese arts and handicrafts, the old imperial residence of Kyoto has always played a major role for centuries. And printmaking is no exception. Although Tokyo has always been the uncontested leader in terms of output and glamour, the Kyoto works can easily keep up. They have a unique charm and touch of their own - a kind of "Kyoto spirit". Hideaki Kato, printmaker out of passion, catches this light-hearted Kyoto spirit in a combination of superb craftsmanship and artistic sensitivity.
First Publication: June 2009
Latest Update: April 2013
Hideaki Kato was born in Kyoto, Japan. The city is characterized by a long tradition of arts and craftmanship. And Kyoto city has superb universities, academies and other training facilities for the fine arts and crafts.
But Hideaki Kato has never attended an art academy. He had originally studied biology, but later turned to arts under tuition of his father Yuichiro Kato. Hideaki Kato chose silk screen printing as his preferred technique. After 1982 he began to publish his works with Uchida.
Silkscreen printing has become a very popular printing method among artists after 1950. The basic method is explained by using screens and stencils. The screens were originally of silk - therefore the name of the technique. But nowadays other less expensive fabrics are used. The image is printed by covering the areas of the screen that are supposed not to be printed and squeeze inks through the uncovered areas of the mesh.
Silkscreen is not a unique and well-defined technique, but has an enormous variety. It reaches from handmade concoctions to mechanical methods that allow the integration of photographs into the process. The latter method is used to create these wonderful art prints by Hideaki Kato.
One of the best known artists of the twentieth century who preferred the silkscreen technique, is Andy Warhol. Prints from famous series like Marilyn Monroe or Mao Zedong cost a five-digit EURO amount.
The silkscreen prints by Hideaki Kato are by far less expensive. And they are beautiful! Hideaki Kato is one of the few Japanese artists after 1950 who do not create art works for a small elite who is willing to pay high prices, but he tries to step into the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e and tries to create art works that appeal to common people and that are affordable by common people - just what ukiyo-e used to be in the nineteenth century.
Hideaki prints are published as limited editions. They are signed and numbered. But they are not dated.
323 sold object(s) by Hideaki Kato born 1954 in our Art Archive
1 signature(s) by Hideaki Kato in our Signature Database
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