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First Star

Kazuo Nakamura
First Star, 1953
watercolour
38.1 x 57.2 cm
Gift from the Douglas M. Duncan Collection, 1970

Kazuo Nakamura was born in Vancouver in 1926, to Japanese parents. After taking an interesting in painting during his early twenties, he became a founding member of the Canadian Abstract Expressionist group Painters Eleven in the 1950’s.

Although Kazuo Nakamura is best known for his pioneering abstract paintings, his long career in art has recently been under study by Canadian curators. A recent exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario revealed that Nakamura’s ambitions were much more contemplative that previously believed leading to work that increasingly presented the complexities of the natural world through the lens of mathematics.

His fascination with science and mathematics is evident in all his work through his use of patterns, linear perspectives, calculations, carefully hand-rendered and laborious processes.



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