Kikuo Saito
Work of artist Kikuo Saito
Past exhibitions:

Green Pond
Oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 79 1/2 inches
KIKUO SAITO: Paintings
Opening Reception with the Artist: March 7th, 2015  /  6PM - 8PM
March 7 – April 4, 2015

Octavia Art Gallery
454 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
t. 504-309-4249

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York- based artist Kikuo Saito.  The exhibition will showcase the development of Saito’s work from the late 1970s through the present. This will be the artists’ first solo exhibition with the gallery and will be open at the New Orleans location March 7 - April 4, 2015 and will then be exhibited at the Houston location from April 16 - May 7, 2015.
For more information please visit Octavia Art Gallery or call 504-309-4249

Oil on Canvas
47 4/5" x  39 1/2"
KIKUO SAITO: Paintings and Works on Paper
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 27th  /  6PM - 8PM
March 27 - May 3, 2014

Leslie Feely Fine Art
33 E 68th Street, 5th Floor
New York NY 10065
t. 212.988.0040

Catalog & essay by Joshua Cohen

A selection of new paintings and works on paper by Kikuo Saito will be on display at Leslie Feely Fine Art through May 3, 2014. This marks the artists' first solo exhibition in five years in New York City.
Kikuo Saito was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1939 and moved to New York City in 1966. A former studio assistant to prominent artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and  Larry Poons,  Saito began exhibiting his own paintings in the early 1970's.
At the same time, Saito was also known for his poetic theater pieces which incorporated silent drama, costumes, light, music and dance.  He has collaborated with such theater luminaries as Jerome Robbins, Peter Brook and Robert Wilson.
Saito's approach to painting is rhythmic and lyrical. Saito paints on the floor, moving around the canvas or paper as he works, much like the dancers he directed in his stage productions. The choreography of his productions have significantly influenced the composition of his paintings. Karen Wilkin explains, "The most apparently self-referential cluster of strokes in his recent calligraphic gesture paintings often have their origins in shorthand references to the characters in Saito's haunting performances, transformed and made independent by their new context."
This exhibition will include a group of works on canvas calligraphic and painterly in gesture. Fragmented stenciled Roman letters occasionally appear in the background reflecting Saito's early experience as a young man in New York City with an unfamiliar language. These letters never become messages or decipherable text, however, they remain enigmatic suggesting the elusiveness of language.
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On Paper: Painted, Printed, Drawn
September 21 – October 23, 2010

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 25, 4-6 pm
An exhibition of works on paper by 8 contemporary artists.
Curated by Karen Wilkin.

John Gibson, Wendy Mark, Lino Mannocci, Graham Nickson
Enrico Riley, Kikuo Saito, Fulvio Testa, Louisa Waber

at Jill Newhouse Gallery

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Kikuo Saito:
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper

Essay by Karen Wilkin | Galerie Thiele, Austria
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River Salt

River Salt, 2007, Oil on canvas, 55 1/2" x 47 1/2"
Kikuo Saito: Paintings
September 10 – October 24, 2009

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 10, 6-8pm
Leslie Feely Fine Art is proud to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Kikuo Saito. This will be the artist’s first solo show with Leslie Feely. He had been previously represented by Salander O’Reilly Galleries until they closed.

Kikuo Saito was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1939 and moved to New York City in 1966. He studied at the Art Students League and worked as a studio assistant to many preeminent artists, among them Larry Poons, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler. He also worked as a set designer and has worked with such theater luminaries as Jerome Robbins, Peter Brook and Robert Wilson. Before he began to concentrate primarily on painting, Saito was also known for his own poetic theater pieces which incorporated wordless drama, costumes, light, music and dance.

In his paintings, Saito combines the painterly with the calligraphic, sometimes using a fully loaded brush and sometimes tracing thin “written” lines. Rich and seductive painterly gestures interweave over delicate washes and over an almost hidden under-painted grid. Stenciled letters occasionally appear; not only suggesting a different way of seeing or reading, but also adding a sense of structure and resistance to the more freely applied abstract strokes.

Saito uses color bravely, suggestively and beautifully. While sometimes intense, his colors are always balanced. They range from the bright and joyous, the warm and sensual, to the cool and slightly melancholic. While his exquisite color harmonies and gestural configurations at first absorb the viewer’s eye, they in turn culminate and resonate with personal and emotional expression.

Kikuo Saito has been exhibiting his paintings since 1976 in many group and solo shows. He was an artist-in-residence at Duke University in 1996 and a visiting professor at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. He currently works out of his studio in downtown New York City.

Leslie Feely Fine Art
33 East 68th St, 5th Floor
(between Madison and Park Aves)
New York, NY 10065

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Mondays by appointment only.

Tel: 212-988-0040
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Kikuo Saito Summer Group Show 2009
July 1 – August 31

Artists include:
Hannelore Baron / Richard Diebenkorn / Frank Gehry / Robert Kelly / Kenneth Noland / Jules Olitski / Kikuo Saito / Ludwig Sander

Leslie Feely Fine Art
33 East 68th St, 5th Floor
(between Madison and Park Aves)
New York, NY 10021

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 10AM to 6PM
Tel: 212-988-0040