Lion-God

Hideyuki Katsumata

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About the edition

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. Following his first solo exhibition at DCA, USO de HONTOU he returned to participate in our group exhibition DCA Thomson in which his large scale gallery mural responded to the comic archives of Dundee publisher DC Thomson.

Katsumata’s imagery in Lion-God is inspired by the Japanese traditional allegory of a God of the Mountain who, in the artist’s words, is capable of deftly traversing mountains with light-footed bounds in order to offer protection to all animals. He has the power to create a magical curtain behind which weak or injured animals may find safety and shelter. This four colour screenprint is on strong but translucent Japanese paper and is finished with delicately applied gold leaf. 

Year 2016
Edition of 20
Media Four colour screenprint on Atsu-shi 67gsm Japanese paper with gold leaf
Dimensions 50.5 x 36cm
Signature Signed by artist, numbered and finished with artist's stamps

About Hideyuki Katsumata

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 in 2016.

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 at home on YouTube, as a VJing set in a club, in art galleries or as street art. His exhibition USO de HONTOU at Dundee Contemporary Arts was the artist’s biggest exhibition to date and his first ever in the UK.