Chairman Kato

Chairman Kato is a musician and artist who uses his studio in Hackney Downs to abuse a variety of visual media, ranging from photography through to painting and collage. 

Kato has produced large scale installation work under random railway arches and public institutions such as the V&A. His recent works include an exhibition at the Oxo Tower (as part of the London Analogue Festival) and a project bringing art to the homeless, Lost and Found Artists;

 'Over the last few months I’ve been doing art tours for people in homeless shelters, but it has occurred to me that cultural poverty affects everyone. I know many people who often tell me they would love to experience more art but they don’t know where to start or don’t have the confidence.'

Lost and Found is a project which illuminates Kato's social conscience as an artist. He has spent time documenting the Focus E15 Mothers, in their 'forthright and confident' campaign on London's housing crisis.

When he's not creating or facilitating visual art, Kato releases weird and wonderful music under aliases Chairman Kato and Midnight Davis.

...And he has a taxidermied mouse called Vinnie. If you ask nicely you can stroke him.

If you could share a studio with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to share a studio with Francis Bacon's corpse.

What is the best part of your working day?

Tuning into my third eye in the mornings.

What are you about?

Art, music, inclusivity, community, inspiration.

Want to learn more about Chairman Kato? Check out this Resident Spotlight here.