MIDORI SATO

Midori Sato “Secret Garden”

Yellow closet 2015 acrylic and oil on cotton 130.5 x 162 cm © Midori Sato

A closet packed with varying colors of clothes; a shoe-rack onto which high-heels are carefully ar- ranged; vivid and brilliant flowers. Midori Sato’s paintings like jewelry boxes filled with girls’ aspira- tions. The audacious and nimble touch of her brushstrokes, seemingly absorbed within the picture plane as we look, dissolves the contours of her motifs. Within a painting that shares both a sense of concrete embodiment and one of abstraction, one we can perceive the strong sense of charm exud- ed by the vibrant colors and excellently crafted compositions. As been pointed out by art historian and art critic Shuji Takashina, Sato’s paintings are brimming with a sense of allure and rapture and show a splendid world without parallel.
Regarding this exhibition, the artist remarks: ‘I have begun to really think from my heart, how truly wonderful flowers and plants are. The each of tiny tiny lilac flower that I encountered abroad – A violet with a charming hue. A rose so beautiful it gives me goosebumps. A camellia with a radiance like that of corsage, blooming magnificently. A strange plants with airy puffs. And then a green which expands in complex ways, overflowing with life-force. The more I commune with nature, more I realize that in fact, everything that has ever captivated me up until now has its roots in nature. Aesthetic gods are redolent within nature, as are the most beautiful colors and forms – this I felt with my whole self.’
In her third solo show with Tomio Koyama Gallery, Sato here exhibits ten paintings that are newly created with perceiving ‘nature’ as a driving force of her creation. We warmly welcome you to come and peruse the mysterious and refined world view of Midori Sato.

Artist Profile

Midori Sato

A closet packed full of colorful dresses, an array of high-heeled shoes on shelves, vividly colored flowers:Midori Sato shows us things that every woman yearns to see. Yet if we turn our attention to the details of her work, bold brushstrokes and an intentionally uneven paint coating tinge her subject matter with the contours of abstraction. This abstraction demonstrates the force of the power that draws the viewer into the picture plane.

Midori Sato was born in 1984 in Aichi Prefecture. She graduated from Oil Painting Course, School of Art, Nagoya University of Arts in 2008, and studied at Ecole nationale des beaux arts de Dijion, France as an exchange student in 2008. She received M.F.A from Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University in 2010. Her major solo exhibitions include TWS-Emerging 140 ”Blissful moments” (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, 2010), TWS-Emerging Plus”Point Marie” (Tokyo Wonder Site Art Café kurage, 2011) , “Project N 48” (Tokyo Opera City Arty Gallery, Tokyo,2012) and “My Precious Room”(Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, 2012). She live painted at Shinjuku Isetan, on the second floor where has just remodeled in 2013. She exhibited at Art Award Tokyo Matunouchi 2008 and 2010, and received the Tomio Koyama Prize in 2010. Her group exhibitions include “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2009) , “Tokyo Painting 2” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo,2013) and “Embracing for Painting” (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2015) In 2013, she received the Ohara Museum of Art Prize at “VOCA 2013″(The Ueno Royal Museum).

  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Secret Garden" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Midori Sato Photo by Kenji Takahashi