Whether it’s Toronto or Tokyo, cities cannot be fully understood until they are seen at night. Artist Keita Morimoto captures the special vibe of urban settings after dark in his electric oil paintings. With a neon color palette and sparse solitary figures, his canvases reflect the unique experience of living in distinct corners of a metropolis at odd hours.
Previously based in Toronto, Morimoto moved to Tokyo in 2021. His latest pieces reflect some of the colorful signage and buildings that characterize the Japanese capital. In particular, it highlights moments when a single or a few characters occupy an unusually subdued space. Their body language seems at home in the sets as they go about their routines.
Brilliant artificial lights set Morimoto’s canvases apart from other nocturnal depictions. He leans into the harshness of the glare from streetlights, windows, trains, and vending machines, all of which cast an unusual greenish glow on his paintings. They fill the scene with a sense of suspended time, as if these stories could just as easily take place at seven in the evening as at three in the morning.
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Tokyo-based artist Keita Morimoto creates stunning oil paintings of urban settings.
It uses a neon color palette that reflects the look and feel of cities at night.
He leans into the harsh glare of streetlights, which cast an unusual greenish glow on his paintings.
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