MIDORI SATO

solo exhibition “Bouquets”

Bouquet de Février  2018  oil on canvas  65.2 x 54.1 cm  ©︎Midori Sato
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Bouquets, a solo exhibition of works by Midori Sato.

A closet packed full of colorful clothes, an array of high-heeled shoes on shelves, and vivid assortments of flowers –Sato’s paintings are manifestations of all things women admire. Yet, if we turn our attention to the details of her work, bold brushstrokes and an intentionally uneven paint coating tinge her subject matters with the contours of abstraction. The coexistence of concreteness and abstraction, combined with the richly vibrant use of color and superlative composition, demonstrates the force of the power that draws the viewer into the picture plane.

Painted by Sato during the year and several months she resided in Paris, Bouquets is a series of work depicting bouquets observed by the artist each month. According to Sato, the works implicate her “on-going gaze channeled towards the subject.” Marking her fourth solo presentation with Tomio Koyama Gallery after residing in Paris for a year since the autumn of 2017, the exhibition introduces a selection of new works featuring motifs such as plants and fruit that Sato had found herself attracted to during her days abroad.

This exhibition is held concurrently with Sato’s solo show Glimmer of night at the art salon SCÈNE in Minami Aoyama from February 2 [Sat] to March 15 [Fri] (open to the public every Thursday 13:00-19:00, and other days by appointment only). Viewers are invited to visit both exhibitions to embrace the brilliantly eloquent world of her work.

【Artist Statement 】

Spring, summer, autumn, winter –I pursued flowers, gazed upon bouquets, and found myself emotionally attracted, continuing to paint my new discoveries so that they would not disappear and that I would not forget.

When I came across leaves, berries, and flowers in nature, they had appeared to me like jewels.
I am currently fascinated with flowers and painting things I find in nature, as it is here that is filled with the beauty of life.

Engaging with flowers and fruits that have long been cherished and inherited as motifs in art, I had begun my journey down a new path of exploration.

-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).