solo exhibition “My Precious Room”

Closet with flower carpet 2012 acrylic on canvas 193.9 × 259.1 cm ©Midori Sato

Midori Sato’s motifs are boutiques, shops, beautiful clothes and shoes she sees in magazines, closets and shoes racks. Being in front of her painting of a life-sized closet, or an installation of scattered small paintings and other objects, the viewer feels captured in the sense of irresistible joy that these works present. A closer look reveals how a variety of rough brushstrokes and delicate touches, and the unevenly painted areas weave rich colors.
In the series that describes carpets she worked on during the artist-in-residence in Paris from 2010 to the spring of 2011 (”Carpet –Paris I-”, ”Carpet –Paris 2-”), she exhibits the cotton canvas directly on the wall without stretchers. In these paintings, she paints the patterns of carpets, which is a similar material as fabric. The imagery is not the exact reproduction of carpets, but it is created by a play between different textures. Tangible feeling on the surface of the fabric evokes viewing that is almost physical.
Sato has spoken of her inspiration: she wants to remember and preserve the impulse, pleasure and uplift upon encountering beautiful objects in daily life or on travels, objects and crafts created with care, or interesting different cultures. By doing so, she says she can bring herself to the positive spirit. The impulse and joy that the artist experiences are painted and passed on to the viewer through her work. This is quite primary, and timeless quality of the painting that her work embraces.

In this exhibition, the space will be turned into “a room with a closet”, presenting paintings of a large closet and carpets, decorative patters of tiles, laces and embroidery that the artist found in Paris, as well as paintings of the artist’s favorite objects. Also included are the small paintings in the frames that she found in flea markets.


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).