Abstract Sea form

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Very Good




Oil on Canvas




36" X48" , 43 1/4" X 56 " (Framed )




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This Tadashi Sato painting was made in 1969 although it is untitled, it is a “Sea form”as he has titled other pieces. It depicts a sea anemone like form and a floating egg. it is an incredible painting with unusual colors for Tadashi Sato but done in his unique brush technique with lots of cross hatching in the surface of the painting. Giving an overall glistening surface. This abstract expressionist realm of painting is clearly like those American greats in the “Irascibles” group, such as William de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. Tadashi studied in New York in the 1950’s, worked at MOMA, to be able to study the great artists works housed there. He was discovered by several of the Theater stars and moved back to Maui where he was born and grew up. He is part of a group of American Asian artists group called “The Metcalf Chateau” . He was awarded a Medal of Honor by President Lynden Johnson alongside artists Georgia O’ Keefe and Jackson Pollock. His works are in several museums including the Guggenheim and can be seen in many of the offices of the State Capital in Honolulu.

*Artist Biography*
Tadashi Sato was born February 6, 1923, in Kaupakalua east Maui.
His parents immigrated from Japan ( issei, first-generation arrivals ) . His father had worked as a pineapple laborer, merchant and calligrapher.

During World War II, he served in the 442nd Infantry Regiment and later attended business school in Honolulu. Later, he pursued his passion for art at the Honolulu Museum of Art and in New York.

His big break in the art came while he was working as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Actors Charles Laugton and Burgess Meredith purchased several paintings during a visit to his apartment.

Between 1950 and 1960, he frequently traveled between New York and Hawaii, exhibiting his work both in Hawaii and on the mainland. In 1960, Tadashi, along with his wife Kiyoko and two children returned to the islands.

In 1965 Sato was honored by President Lyndon Johnson at the White House Festival of Arts, alongside artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and other American artists.

From 1960 until his death in 2005, he resided in Maui. Along with Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Edmund Chung, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Jerry T. Okimoto, and James Park, Tadashi Sato was a member of the Metcalf Chateau, a group of seven Asian-American artists with ties to Honolulu.

Tadashi Sato, recognized as an abstract expressionist, created abstract and semi-abstract paintings, mosaics, and murals, often inspired by the clear waters of Hawaii. His most famous work, "Aquarius," is a 36-foot circular mosaic at the Hawaii State Capitol.
His art is held in public collections at institutions, including the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and more.


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