MIDORI SATO

“Secret Garden”

Yellow closet 2015 acrylic and oil on canvas 130.5 × 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

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. She received M.F.A from Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University in 2010. She studied in Paris as a recipient of the POLA Art Foundation award for overseas research in 2017.

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.

Her major solo exhibitions include “Diaphanous petals” (The Pola Art Museum, Atrium Gallery, Kanagawa, 2019), “Bouquet” (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019), “Orange Glow” (Green Art Flowers Gallery, Paris, France, 2018) and “Reflections” (Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2017). She participated in group exhibitions such as “Aichi Triennale 2016 rainbow caravan” (Aichi, 2016) 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, Tokyo) and the artwork was housed in the Museum.

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  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view from "Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 ©Midori Sato, photo by Kenji Takahashi