Tadashi Sato Tadashi Sato: Aquarius

Tadashi Sato, born in 1923 and raised in Lahaina Maui, is often noted for having been a part of the Abstract Expressionist movement that was blooming in NY in the 1950's. While, as a young man, he did occasionally rub elbows with notable artists and celebrities of the day, that was not his main concern. He was on his own journey - an artist in search of himself. Although influenced by some of his university mentors and artistic contemporaries, he has ultimately found his most long-standing inspiration from what began with childhood lessons in Japanese Sumi Ink and Calligraphy at Lahainaluna School. Years later he traveled to Japan to continue his study in this graceful artform.

—Adrianne Martinez & David Whitney, MauiTime Weekly

Tadashi Sato was a struggling artist working as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, when actors Charles Laughton and Burgess Meredith and a Broadway producer visited his apartment to look at his work.
They bought seven paintings. Laughton acquired three.
"From that point on, I never worked part time. I was able to work as an artist," said Sato, 76.
More than 40 years later, Sato is acknowledged by art experts as one of the most accomplished artists in Hawaii.

—Gary T. Kubota, Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Tadashi Sato: Submerged Rocks, 1991 Tadashi Sato
Submerged Rocks, 1991
Oil on Linen, 68 x 72 in.
Tadashi Sato: Raindrops on Lake, 1967 Tadashi Sato
Raindrops on Lake, 1967
Oil on Linen, 30 x 42 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1968 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1968
Oil on Linen, 36 x 48 in.
Tadashi Sato: Sea Form #8, 1960 Tadashi Sato
Sea Form #8, 1960
Oil on Linen, 50 x 60 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1968 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1968
Oil on Linen, 48 x 36 in.
Tadashi Sato: Submerged Rock and Reflections, 1967 Tadashi Sato
Submerged Rock and Reflections, 1967
Oil on Linen, 42 x 42 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1968 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1968
Oil on Linen, 20 x 30 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1971 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1971
Oil on Linen, 36 x 48 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1973 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1973
Oil on Linen, 36 x 72 in.
Tadashi Sato: Night Surf 1, 1965 Tadashi Sato
Night Surf 1, 1965
Oil on Linen, 68 x 50 in.
Tadashi Sato: Composition II, 1997 Tadashi Sato
Composition II, 1997
Oil on Linen, 601/8 x 501/8 in.
Tadashi Sato: Shadow in the Walkway, 1991 Tadashi Sato
Shadow in the Walkway, 1991
Oil on Linen, 50 x 60 in.
Tadashi Sato: Composition, 1984 Tadashi Sato
Composition, 1984
Oil on Linen, 68 x 50 in.
Tadashi Sato: Subway Station, 1977 Tadashi Sato
Subway Station, 1977
Oil on Linen, 68 x 50 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1958 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1958
Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 153/8 x 111/4 in.
Tadashi Sato: Resting Maynah, 2001 Tadashi Sato
Resting Maynah, 2001
Oil on Linen, 60 x 50 in.
Tadashi Sato: Bird and Surf, 1981 Tadashi Sato
Bird and Surf, 1981
Oil on Linen, 20 x 10 in.
Tadashi Sato: Lava Field, 1987 Tadashi Sato
Lava Field, 1987
Oil on Linen, 72 x 70 in.
Tadashi Sato: Airscape, 1997 Tadashi Sato
Airscape, 1997
Oil on Linen, 34 x 22 in.
Tadashi Sato: Mauka Makai, 1975 Tadashi Sato
Mauka Makai, 1975
Oil on Linen, 42 x 42 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled (Nakalele), 1988 Tadashi Sato
Untitled (Nakalele), 1988
Oil on Linen, 30 x 48 in.
Tadashi Sato: Untitled, 1974 Tadashi Sato
Untitled, 1974
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 in.
Tadashi Sato: 7000 ft. A.S.L., 1980-81 Tadashi Sato
7000 ft. A.S.L., 1980-81
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 16 in.
Tadashi Sato: Sand Turtle, 2000 Tadashi Sato
Sand Turtle, 2000
Oil on Linen, 18 x 24 in.

Links:
Tadashi Sato: A Retrospective, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu
Tadashi Sato: MAUKA-MAKAI, Honolulu Star-Bulletin Feature
"Pure Poetry" - Tadashi Sato, Retrospective Exhibit — MauiTime Weekly Online

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