DCA Archive

Hideyuki Katsumata


This is a free event and does not require booking

This autumn, our galleries are transformed into a dazzling psychedelic landscape of cartoon strips writ large by the Japanese artist Hideyuki Katsumata. His magical animations, paintings and prints are programmed to coincide with Discovery Film Festival. USO de HONTOU is the artist’s biggest exhibition to date and his first ever in the UK. The title translates to the enigmatic phrase ‘that’s also unreal, but it’s also real’.

Katsumata depicts robots, UFOs, dragons and bodies with multiple limbs or eyes in a vivid and engaging exhibition that chimes with both Japanese culture and Dundee’s own comics and video games heritage. USO de HONTOU features a large-scale mural and prints made at DCA. The large gallery features several of Katsumata’s joyous pop videos.

Katsumata has been exhibiting in Japan since 2002. He has also been included in various group shows around the world, including Sala Cega – Trezeta Musik in Sao Paulo, 2007, Forthrite in Oakland USA, 2009, Buro Beukorkest in the Netherlands in 2012 – 2013, DRAWABLE at F.L.A. Gallery, Florida USA in 2013, Tropical Sushi in Bangkok, 2014 and Hellion Gallery, Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.

Katsumata has made pop videos and illustrated record sleeves for artists including CUZ (Sam Dook from The GO! Team and Mike Watt from The Minutemen, fIREHOSE and The Stooges), Little Dragon, Rainbow Arabia, Simone White, T-Bone and Mad et Len. His work is equally at home on YouTube, as a VJing set in a club, in art galleries or as street art.

We are grateful to the Japan Foundation, London, who have supported the artist's travel.