Kubota Fumikazu arrived in Melbourne from Japan in 2003 and never left. Falling in love with Melbourne’s architecture, he began exhibiting extremely detailed ink drawings across Melbourne’s Artist Run Initiative (ARI’s). After studying a post-graduate diploma at VCA in 2013, Kubota shifted mediums to his current practice – hard-edged, abstract painting. Kubota’s acrylic works on high-grade marine ply or raw linen are meticulously applied and he uses a range of colours sourced from vintage Japanese design colour books (circa 1930s). Kubota works from his studio in North Fitzroy and can also be found performing as the frontman of local punk band, Krul.
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