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REED – The Life and Works of Roy Kiyooka, A Film by Fumiko Kiyooka

Film Screening – Saturday, June 7th at 6:00pm at the Herringer Kiss Gallery

Limited Seating – Please RSVP by June 1st at info@herringerkissgallery.com


The Herringer Kiss Gallery, KOAC and the Roy Kenzie Kiyooka Foundation will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Roy’s death by presenting the feature length film “REED: The Life and Works of Roy Kiyooka”. The celebrated Japanese-Canadian multi-media artist was born in 1926 in Saskatchewan and gained prominence early on in his career.  By the sixties Roy was a seminal force in the New York School of Painting and his hard edge paintings earned him international acclaim. At the height of this recognition Roy abandoned painting to concentrate on sculpture, poetry and photography much of which centred on his trips to Japan. He also became a freestyle musician.

Roy taught art in major schools all across Canada: some of which were NASCAD in Nova Scotia, Sir George Williams (Concordia) in Montreal and UBC in Vancouver where he died in 1994. As a teacher and as an artist he was a conduit for ideas, practices and exchanges throughout the country.

His visual work including “StoneDGloves” was exhibited in Japan as well as in other countries and he published several books including “Pear Tree Pomes” and “TransCanadaLetters”. He died in the midst of working on a manuscript, based on his mother’s life, which was published posthumously as “Mothertalk”.

Roy lived through tumultuous times from the Great Depression and World War 11, when he and his family were discriminated against and called “enemy aliens”, to Redress.

Through interviews and documentation this riveting film explores Roy’s relationships with his family, friends and fellow artists. REED follows the life of a brilliantly creative and often spontaneously unpredictable man whose work continues to reverberate powerfully in our times.