Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Upcoming summer workshops with Keita Morimoto


June 13th - June 15th 2014. 

Friday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm (Sun. 10am - 5pm)

In the artist’s own studio.

In this intensive 3-day portrait painting workshop by Keita Morimoto, students will be introduced to a basic direct painting process and gain an understanding of light and form in portraiture. Beginning with a deconstruction of shape and form, and progressing through value and colour composition, Keita will both discuss and demonstrate his knowledge and processes to students, who will then apply these techniques to their own alla prima studies produced during the workshop. 


July 11th - July 13th 2014. 

Friday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm (Sun. 10am - 5pm) 

In the artist’s own studio.

This intensive 3-day painting workshop by Keita Morimoto is for students of all levels who are interested in learning to create a complete painting instead of simple studies. Students will gain control of colours and compositions as well as various techniques and processes to complete a painting based on their own ideas and references. Beginning with gathering and editing reference materials followed by a number of studies to further refine the compositional ideas, the instructor will both discuss and introduce various visual tools as well as different stages of painting: block-in to rendering, with which students are able to work in their own paintings. 

Workshop Fees
$450 one weekend 

Alla Prima Portrait Painting 

Painting from Start to Finish

*Please contact if you'd like to get early notices for future workshops. 

Please contact for registration or further information.

*Places in this workshop are limited to 6 students. A complete list of materials and detailed schedules will be emailed upon registration. Easels, chairs, and solvent are provided. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

a reminder to myself

photo: Toyonori Kato TOM
 First, I wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the opening of my show, Into the Wild. It really was such a great turnout because of everyone's support. I almost wanted to cry seeing so many faces that I didn't expect to see. Also, thank you so much for all the presses and emails congratulating the show.

 Today, I wanted to share a few things I've been strongly thinking about over the last couple years. That is, this idea of self being constructed through other external factors such as people whom one directly encounters or even nature one experiences. More and more I trace back whom I've met and what changed my perception, there really isn't such thing as myself but it's just one huge construct of many others' experiences affecting who I am.
 I wouldn't even have been interested in painting or even thought of pursuing painting as a career if I didn't meet or have all my amazing teachers, peers, and supportive parents who made and still make me feel like I can do it. Or even those great living and historical artists all over the world who have really made me realize that I have to work harder than I thought I should.
 I'm extremely thankful for all the individuals I've met, things people wrote, said, created, or just nature itself which inspires me, good or bad (though I don't believe in the bad experiences anyways). And this is just a note to myself so that I can keep appreciating and embracing whatever experiences that happen to come.

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some update?

 oil on panel 24x30"

Long time no post. I've been super busy just painting everyday for various group shows and my solo coming up next January. All my upcoming shows are listed on my website if you are curious.

Also, some of my recent paintings will be exhibited with Erin Loree's amazing paintings at Art Toronto opening this Friday. Drop by if you are in the area! :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

home, sweet home :D

I'm very delighted that my paintings have finally found their amazing home! If you are interested in seeing them, they are at Jane Harvey Lawyers' office in Fairview Mall.

Also, there's going to be my grad exhibition on the 3rd of May, which will go on for the whole weekend. I would be extremely excited to see everyone there!! :D


Saturday, March 24, 2012

past, present, past-present,

I just wanted to share one upcoming solo exhibition by AMAZING Tessar Lo. After the first time meeting him slightly drunk at Narwhal in my second year, he really has changed my view on art and painting practice.

You don't want to miss this show if you are in the area. Instead of partying on Friday, go to galleries and see some great work! :D

Friday, March 9, 2012

Connecting the dots

It's been a long time since my last update! I've been extremely busy with my thesis work, shows and so on. I just wanted to share some photos from the Toronto Artist Project that was held last week. Lots of thanks to those who came out to see my work and the organizers of TAP who chose me as an untapped emerging artist. :D

Recently, I've been thinking about how I met all these people I know now and how they affected my perception and life path. If I did not meet even one of them, my world would have been a completely different place. I could have ended up becoming a normal salary man in Japan or I could have become a totally different painter. And I realized how little chance I had to meet some of these amazing people who hugely influenced my life. I just wanted to thank all of my friends who made my world the way it is today.

I am currently working on a gigantic 6x18-foot triptych as my final pieces for the thesis show. Hope to see you at the OCADU Grad Ex on May 2nd :D


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Some kind of giveaway

I just finished the super tiring 4-day long Fan Expo last night. It was both exhausting and exciting. Even though my work does not quite fit the crowd, I had a number of people who came by and left me amazing comments :D
Also, I got to do some art trade with FANTASTIC artists, Nimit Malavia, Yuta Onoda and Hyein Lee.

And these are some of acrylic paintings and drawings I made at the con. They are still available if anyone wants it :)

So as I promised to give away some artworks, these are the lucky winners!!

An original drawing - Erin Finnegar
A Giclee postcard - Andrea Chan
A print of your choice x 2 - Perin McLean & Lillian Hong

Please contact me if you read this post because I'm having a hard time trying to read the email address correctly. I'm really really touched by all the comments from everyone who entered this raffle. Thank you so much everyone!!!

My thesis is finally starting next week!!! I'm getting extremely excited for it. To add to my happiness, Harvey Chan(the best teacher and friend of mine) gave me his acrylic paints and mediums before he leaves for Hong-Kong. Happy and sad at the same time..

I will try my best not to disappoint you with my thesis work Harvey!!! Thank you so so much!!