Artworks and Artists
Kazuo Nakamura
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, 13 October 1926
Died in Toronto, Ontario, 09 April 2002

Kazuo Nakamura

"I was always interested in internal structures, the law of order that lies in everything. Cezanne broke nature down into cones, spheres. But we are living in an age where we can see a structure, a structure based on atomic structure and motion." 1993

Kazuo Nakamura emerged in the 1950s as a member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven. Within this influential group of abstractionists, Nakamura's work was known for its restraint and its analytic character.

Throughout his career Nakamura demonstrated an interest in the intersection of art and the sciences, focusing on the visual patterns and structure of a wide range of phenomena, from landscapes to buildings, and geometric forms to mathematical formulae.

In the early 1980s, Nakamura abandoned traditional painting, and began to investigate the ways form and dimension is linked. Mathematically derived compositions became the focus of Nakamura's subject matter at this time. He called this new series of works the Number Structures.

Nakamura's exploration in number structures linked form, inorganic and organic, with numerical sequence. Nakamura wanted to reveal what lies beneath the surface, ending with an understanding of the internal structures that constitute order at an atomic molecular level. The number structure enterprise engaged the artist during the last thirty years of his life. Like many artists of the period, Nakamura saw the development of art as running parallel to and intersecting with the sciences.