The Mystic Adventure (screen print)
Edition of 30
Screen print on Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco 285gsm paper
Dimensions 50.5cm x 70.5cm
Japanese artist Hideyuki Katsumata depicts robots, UFOs, dragons and bodies with multiple limbs or eyes in vivid and engaging imagery that chimes with both Japanese culture and Dundee’s own comics and video games heritage. His DCA exhibition USO de HONTOU featured a large-scale mural and prints made at DCA alongside several of Katsumata’s joyous pop videos.
Katsumata’s imagery in these new editions is inspired by Journey to the West, an allegorical 16th century Chinese novel in which a legendary pilgrim monk travels to the western world in search of enlightenment, accompanied by three protectors.
Katsumata has been exhibiting in Japan since 2002. He has also been included in various group shows around the world, including Sala Cega – Trezeta Musik in Sao Paulo, 2007, Forthrite in Oakland USA, 2009, Buro Beukorkest in the Netherlands in 2012 – 2013, DRAWABLE at F.L.A. Gallery, Florida USA in 2013, Tropical Sushi in Bangkok, 2014 and Hellion Gallery, Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.
Katsumata has made pop videos and illustrated record sleeves for artists including CUZ (Sam Dook from The GO! Team and Mike Watt from The Minutemen, fIREHOSE and The Stooges), Little Dragon, Rainbow Arabia, Simone White, T-Bone and Mad et Len. His work is equally ats home on YouTube, as a VJing set in a club, in art galleries or as street art. His DCA exhibition USO de HONTOU is the artist’s biggest exhibition to date and his first ever in the UK.