San Francisco

Masatoyo Kishi

Bolles Gallery

This is Kishi’s second western show. Bolles introduced him in 1961 shortly after he had arrived from Japan where his work had been widely acclaimed. His work is both spontaneous and varied. While he blends tachisme with the native Japanese calligraphic forms, he has not yet had time to be­come internationalized––hence his work retains a freshness that is stimulating in these days of rapid communication and “more of the same” in art. Kishi has the true Japanese ability to expand space without exploding it, along with an innate and infallible sense of color. Although a prolific artist, these qual­ities never seem to desert him. Given time, they might trap him into a purely decorative idiom, but at this writing there is no indication of it.

E. M. Polley