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Katch, Roger

ARTISTIC PROFILE

Montreal-based artist and designer, ROGER KATCH counts more than 30 years of national and international accomplishments in CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, CORPORATE IMAGE and ARTISTIC CREATIONS.

After graduating from the DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY Institute in Italy, KATCH arrived in Montreal during the magic of EXPO 67 with the intention of visiting Canada. He immediately fell in love with the country, decided to make Quebec his home, pursued studies in ERGONOMICS at the Université de Montréal and launched his own DESIGN & ART studio. KATCH’s professional career, quickly took flight, thanks to several major and exclusive projects in Canada, the United States and Europe.

If most of us take for granted the many symbols that depict certain aspects of our urban landscape, the same cannot be said of Roger KATCH. His artworks embrace a unique, powerful, innovative graphical expression and his conceptual approach strongly favours a minimalist purity of style. These particularities make him a much sought-after and celebrated artist in MODERN ARCHITECTURE projects, as well as the Avant-Garde cultural milieu and among the new generation of young professionals.

 

ARTISTIC CAREER

KATCH participated in various research workshops, cultural events, seminars, exhibitions … and experienced enormous success within his artistic works.

Heralded by the art-critics as POP’ART ARTIST very nouveau-genre, KATCH’s works are more than simple compositions executed to  excel at the highest level in GRAPHIC DESIGN. Keenly identifiable as optical aphorisms, each piece exposes confrontational values, by transforming common objects, into intelligible messages rich in sarcasm and iconoclastic tones.

By creating a visual synthesis charged with subtle humour, KATCH’s inquisitive eye, transforms pictographic elements with plenty of daring and harmony, into pure ART.
Since the colours selections are applied from the palette offered by the manufacturer, the perfect HARD-EDGE* execution of KATCH’s acrylics on canvas, emulates silk-screen printing. Plexiglas, glass and mirror panels are other media often used to support collages of three-dimensional objects in conjunction with neon tubing as an interactive element.

Executed in variable styles, KATCH’s trademark hearts are present in many of his compositions with roles that seem to reflect the struggle of humanity, in placing materialism against idealized love. Finally, the graphic element in KATCH’s work is often complemented by written idiomatic expressions that bring voice to the visual aspect of the composition creating a direct and witty dialog with the viewer who can read between the lines.

Cynical yet hopeful, KATCH sagacious symbolism, stands as an ongoing commentary facing our society and forces us to reflect on the false values confronting the human spirit.

 


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