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.

Sato presented her work at "VOCA 2013" at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, and received the Judge's Prize of the Ohara Museum of Art. The work that received this prize became a part of the collection of Ohara Museum of Art in Okayama and was exhibited at "Ohara Contemporary" last year.

The exhibition will present new works created during her stay in London. Sato's treasure-like works will captivate the viewers' attention and enhance their pleasure.

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 also did live painting at Shinjuku Isetan, on the second floor where has just remodeled.

She exhibited at Art Award Tokyo Matunouchi 2008 and 2010, and received the Tomio Koyama Prize in 2010. Her other group exhibitions include “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2009) , “Mont Blanc Young Artist Patronage in Japan” (Mont Blanc Ginza, Tokyo, 2008) and "Tokyo Painting 2" (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo,2013) . Also in 2013, she received the Ohara Museum of Art Prize at "VOCA 2013"(The Ueno Royal Museum).

She currently lives and works in Nagoya, Japan.

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Related images

  1. Midori Sato, Round trunk II, 2010, acrylic paint on trunk, h.30.0 x w.30.0 x d.14.0 cm, © Midori Sato
  2. Midori Sato, Hydrangea, 2012, ,ink on canvas ,18.0 x 12.0 cm, © Midori Sato
  3. Midori Sato, Trunk, 2010, acrylic paint on trunk, h.35.0 x w.45.0 x d.15.5 cm, © Midori Sato
  4. Midori Sato, Shoes Shelf, 2011, acrylic on cotton, 145.8 x 112.3, © Midori Sato
  5. Midori Sato, Embroidery dress I, 2011, acrylic on cotton, 91.0 x 72.7 cm,© Midori Sato
  6. Midori Sato, Walk in closet, 2009, acrylic on cotton, 227.0 x 182.0 cm, © Midori Sato