Kazuo Nakamura

  Kazuo Nakamura was a founding member of the Painters Eleven group which exhibited during the 1950s. During this time, the Painters Eleven pioneered abstract painting in English-speaking Canada.

Nakamura's work stood -- even during this time -- apart from the predominantly expressionistic appearance of the work of the other Painters Eleven artists. His art always had a distinctly calm, meditative quality, which he maintained in his abstract paintings of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as in his landscapes, and subsequently the recent "number structure" works.

For the last 25 years of his life, Nakamura concentrated primarily on exploring number structures. Nakamura considers this work to be his most original and important contribution to the world of fine art.

Kazuo Nakamura's number structure pieces link organic and inorganic form with numerical sequences. These sequences are manifested in number tables, schemata, diagrams and structures which mirror familiar organic and inorganic forms. According to the artist, these are investigations into "the linkage of form to numerical structure," which "may give some key to form and design in nature."