Kazuo Nakamura

PRice Range (Hammer PRice)
$1022 - $76,480
1926 - 2002
Painter
Kazuo Nakamura
1926 - 2002
Bio

Kazuo Nakamura was one of the founding members of the Toronto-based Canadian abstract group Painters Eleven. His interest in the relation between mathematical perfection and visual medium led him to investigate the ways in which form and dimension are linked. His analytical approach inspired many abstract painters.

Born in Vancouver in 1926, Nakamura was only 15 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, and his internment in camps on the West Coast inspired his early watercolours. He went on to study at the Central Technical School in Toronto, graduating in 1951. In October 1953, Nakamura took part in "The Abstracts at Home," a seminal show held at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, which ushered a new era in Toronto painting. The meetings between the avant-garde artists who participated in the show gave rise to Painters Eleven. The group ran until 1960.

From his early stylized landscape paintings, Nakamura moved towards more abstract compositions, which represented his interpretations of the "universal patterns" found in nature as predicated by science. Works like Landscape, Green Hill-side (1954) illustrate the artist's fascination with these universal patterns. Near the end of his life, Nakamura began creating calligraphy-like works composed of strings of numbers, along with his more colourful, abstract pieces. He was part of numerous national and international exhibitions. A touring exhibition of his artwork travelled throughout Canada in 2001-2002.

Notable Collections

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Musee d'art Contemporain de Montreal
London Public Library and Art Gallery
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery
Rodman Hall Art Center
Agnes Etherington Art Center

Avg. Bid vs. Low Estimate
205.00%
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1 Year Sales Volume
11
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Sell-Through Rate
30.77%
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Total Sales
$1,190,431.00
Avg. Mid Estimate
$8,787.84
Avg. Hammer Price
$14,696.68
Top Price Realized
$76,480.00
Solo Shows
9
Group Shows
15
Museum Exhibitions
2
7.8
out of 10
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