Portland art blog + news + exhibition reviews + galleries + contemporary northwest art

recent entries

Early September Links
Labor Day Weekend Picks
Museumy Links
Wendy Given at Vernissage
Mid August Links
Grace Kook-Anderson in Conversation
Portland Art Adventures
Early August Art News
August must see picks
End of July News
Alia Ali's Borderland at Bluesky
Mid Summer Reads

recent comments



Book Review
Calls for Artists
Design Review
Openings & Events
About PORT

regular contributors


Tori Abernathy
Amy Bernstein
Katherine Bovee
Emily Cappa
Patrick Collier
Arcy Douglass
Megan Driscoll
Jesse Hayward
Sarah Henderson
Jeff Jahn
Kelly Kutchko
Drew Lenihan
Victor Maldonado
Christopher Moon
Jascha Owens
Alex Rauch
Gary Wiseman



Guest Contributors
Past Contributors
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005

contact us


Contact us






powered by


Movable Type 3.16

This site is licensed under a


Creative Commons License

Thursday 08.11.05

« Keeping up and walking | Main | Bend it like Bocci, Boyle and Durost »

Takashi Kato and Randell Sims

Stop into the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) this month for a small but stunning show of figurative expressionist paintings by alumni Randell Sims and Takashi Kato. These talented young painters work with expressive bravura and detailed construction. Both walk a line between intellectual composition and emotional truth.

PNCA has long been a stronghold of figurative expressionism, in part due to the presence of local expressive powerhouse Lucinda Parker. Read more about her presence in the community here: Lucinda.


In Vaporous Neuro Discord 1-4, Takashi Kato manipulates dripped paint by tilting the canvas to create an intricate grid. Responding to this grid, Kato searches for figurative imagery within his compositions. The agonized figures appear entangled in their surroundings, unable to extricate themselves from the net which vaporizes their bodies and binds them into their environment.

Kato's approach is complex and engaging. He combines the random process of dripping paint with expressive paint handling and a strong grasp of the figure. The best part of this work is that Kato is adept at knowing when to hold off, and the pieces are exquisitely balanced between expressive power, the imagery of the figure, and the drip grid.

Kato's work is as rooted in West Coast figurative expressionism as it is in Anime. It seems especially related to the Anime Citizen Kane, Akira, whose subject matter is the agony of dissolution of the self in the face of inscrutable power.


Where Kato's color palette is mostly neutral tones, Randell Sims' color scintillates with vibrant primary and secondary complements. Of the two, Sims' touch is more forceful and lyrical. Sims' Self Portrait is limited to blue, yellow, black and white. The image is confrontationally composed, and the raw, assertive brushwork reduces the figure to planes and disrupted surfaces. There is an immediate connection between Sims' paintings and the California artists, Manuel Neri and Joan Brown. Link to articles here: Joan Brown, Manuel Neri.

Although it may be true that Sims' style has some further development ahead before it is fully individuated from these influences, his virtuoso paint handling is something to see, and like Kato, he balances perfectly between intelligent composition and stunning bravura.


Sims is the more emotionally charged, and many of the pieces are pure visual music. In Swimming, the figurative elements are almost lost in lyrical blue and orange color harmonies and textural, moving brushwork.

Take the time stop into PNCA and search out this small but powerful show!

Takashi Kato, Randell Sims
Recent Paintings
August 4th - 31st, 2005
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St. Portland, OR, 97209

Posted by Isaac Peterson on August 11, 2005 at 10:30 | Comments (0)


Post a comment

Thanks for signing in, . Now you can comment. (sign out)

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

Remember me?

s p o n s o r s
Site Design: Jennifer Armbrust   •   Site Development: Philippe Blanc & Katherine Bovee