sato - JCAT

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  • ​sato was born in a town in Hokkaido where there is a rich natural environment. Parents and relatives had to say that he had excellent aesthetic sense from childhood.

    He learned design at Tohoku Institute of Technology and was greatly influenced by Japanese illustrators in the 80 ‘s. He hoped to further his studies, and after graduating from university, he went on to Chiba University graduate school. He continued studying design until he had earned a Master’s degree and then a Doctorate in the field of Engineering. What he learned from Saiji Kanamori and Ryoichi Shigeta during that time has helped a lot since he has become an artist. He learned the viewpoint of representational painting from Saiji Kanamori and the viewpoint of abstract art from Ryoichi Shigeta. sato currently is expanding the width of his expression in multiple directions without discriminating between concrete art and abstract art, but it’s possible to trace the foundation of his artistic expression back to his school days.

    He became a freelance designer after graduate school, but one year later he was asked to take a job as an engineer. He soon left to start his own independent office.

    He moved to Sapporo, Hokkaido in 2006. The Great East Japan earthquake happened in 2011. Because he had been enrolled in universities in the Tohoku and Kanto area, he couldn’t think of it as a somebody else’s problem, and felt deep anxiety and thought he had to do something. But there was nothing that he could do, so he began to draw his own hand as a form of prayer. At this time, sato resolved to begin activity as an artist. At this time, sato’s artistic activity became synonymous with prayer.

    It’s because he thought he’d like to be anonymous that he decided to introduce himself as sato when he began his activity as an artist. Sato’s work seems to have strong originality, but he thinks that there are no techniques or methods which haven’t been performed by present-day artists any more. Therefore sato doesn’t put much weight on originality. Instead, he hopes to be a spokesman for someone else through his work. It is for that reason that the artist hates to be in the spotlight. It’s also why the letter S is lowercase.

    This is the same reason why sato professes to be a modern artist, but doesn’t profess to be an avant-garde artist.

    When he began his activity as an artist, there were requests for pictures from friends all over Japan, and he created one after another.

    For three years from 2012 to 2014 he produced a calendar for a beauty salon every month. Based on his experience studying design, he worked to develop a fashionable style of art.
    In 2012 and 2013, he participated in group exhibitions, focusing on copper engraving and croquis, respectively. In 2014, he finally held a solo exhibition. The 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival (guest director: Ryuichi Sakamoto) was held during the same period, and sato’s exhibition was approved as related event.

    All works of sato are exhibited for foreign countries on facebook. He participates in an art group of more than 90 and has steady fans all over the world. sato’s abstract painting in particular was appreciated first overseas. Each day, after doing basic exercises in croquis and so on, sato creates abstract art, working with his right brain. He continues to create freely, without being tied up to a particular medium or style.

    sato has started activities overseas in order to let his work be more widely known. He is aiming to make 2015 the first year for his international activity, and to do more international releases in the future.

    As he continues his activity, sato regards Gerhard Richter as the ideal artist. He paints tremendously skillful representational paintings, and he is also able to create abstract and three-dimensional art – all of these fit the direction in which sato is moving.

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  • satoは北海道の自然豊かな町で生まれた。子供の頃から美的感覚が優れていたと周囲の大人は語っている。
    東北工業大学でデザインを学び、80年代の日本人イラストレーターの影響を大いに受けた。大学卒業後、さらに勉強することを願い、千葉大学大学院に進学した。修士課程、博士課程で工学博士号を取得するまでさらにデザインを学んだ。この間に金森宰司、重田良一など複数の芸術家の教えを受けたことが、後に芸術家になってから大いに役立っている。金森宰司からは具象芸術の視点を学び、重田良一からは抽象芸術の視点を学んだ。現在satoは具象、抽象の別なく多方面に表現の幅を広げているが、その下地は学生時代に遡ることができる。
    大学院終了後、フリーランスのデザイナーとなったが、その一年後に研究所から声がかかり、研究員となった。やがて独立して個人事務所を立ち上げた。
    2006年に北海道札幌に移住した。2011年に東日本大震災が起こった。東北や関東の大学に在籍していたことから他人事とは思えず、彼は深い不安を感じ、何かをしなければならないと考えた。だが、何もできず、結局、祈るために自分の手を描き始めた。この時に、satoは芸術家として活動を始めることを決意した。この時にsatoの芸術活動は祈りと同義となった。
    芸術活動を開始する際にsatoと名乗ることに決めたのは、アノニマスでありたいと考えたためである。satoの作品は独自性が強いと思われるが、現代の芸術で行われていない技法、手法はもう無いとsatoは考えている。そのためsatoは独自性というものを重視していない。その代わりに他の誰かの代弁者でありたいと願っている。そのためには作家の顔が前面に出ることを嫌う。Sが小文字であるのもそのためである。
    また、同じ理由から、satoは現代芸術家を自称するが前衛芸術家とは自称していない。
    芸術活動を始めると全国の友人から絵の依頼があり、次々に描いた。
    2012年から2014年までの三年間は美容院のカレンダーを毎月制作した。デザインを学んだ経験に基づいておしゃれな作風に磨きをかけてきた。
    2012年(銅版画)、2013年(クロッキー)とグループ展に参加し、ついに2014年に個展を開催した。同時期に札幌国際芸術祭2014(ゲストディレクター:坂本龍一)が開催され、関連事業として認可された。
    Satoの芸術作品はすべてfacebookで海外に向けて公開されている。90以上のアートグループに参加し、世界中に根強いファンを持っている。特にsatoの抽象画は海外で先に評価された。クロッキーなどの基礎訓練を日常的に行った上で、右脳で描く方法によってsatoは抽象画を描き、画材やスタイルにとらわれず自由に描き続けている。
    より作品を広く発表するために、satoは海外進出を開始する。2015年は海外進出元年ととらえ、今後はさらに海外での作品発表を目指している。
    今後の活動を行う上で、satoはゲルハルト・リヒターを理想の芸術家と考えている。彼はすさまじく上手い具象画も描き、抽象画も描くことができ、さらには立体作品も手掛けており、satoの方向性と一致する。

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