b. 1986, Japan

Ataru Sato Artworks

Ataru Sato's works are marked by a sense of disconnection and alienation, with lone figures surrounded by entrails and bodies incorporated into faces on sombre-hued canvases.

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Drawings

Highly detailed and fine-lined, Sato's pencil and ink drawings recover elements from nature and human anatomy to enquire into human existence and its significance.

Early monochrome drawings like First Love (2008) and Maybe Tonight (2012) show close-up portraits made from other bodies, faces, and diverse vegetation, always with eyes open, engaged in reflection or looking out to viewers.

Paintings

Sato started painting at the age of 29 after learning that the surrealist figurative painter Michaël Borremans made the transition to painting at the age of 30. Painting allowed Sato to look at himself objectively, which complemented his introspective drawing practice.

Organs and Veins

Sato's signature colour scheme derives from his days as a student, when he could only afford red, blue, black, and white paints. The selection of colours stuck with the artist over the years, and are vaguely reminiscent of the anatomy books he read as a child, in which organs are highlighted in the same shades.

The same blend of colours can be seen in Untitled breakfast (2018), where a lone figure stands at a table, surrounded by surgical instruments and entangled in a network of red and blue veins, connoting displeasure. A brain rests on the surface in front of him, beside a bottle of wine.

Anxiety and Obsession

Sato's interest in death hints at an equal desire for life. Painted in isolation, macabre reflections take shape across the canvas, peering from one realm into the other.

In self-portrait Rain (2019), a young man is lying on the ground with open eyes, a crimson stream cascading from his nose. The painting was rendered after an experience in the artist's life, following a nosebleed left unattended on a rainy day.

Connection

'I want to connect with others in person, but I also notice it is not easy to associate with people,' the artist notes. The same sense of alienation returns in his day to day, explored across stark compositions that deconstruct the human figure.

Over the rainbow (2019), a mixed-media assemblage on a wooden box, shows two interlaced bodies against an entangled mesh of eyeball-pinching fingers, legs emerging from bright red lips, and brightly coloured mutant plantation—the entirety covered in a yellow and pink web.

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Drop down by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato Drop down, 2021 Pencil, acrylic on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
40 x 32.5 cm
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Mundane screams by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Mundane screams, 2021 Acrylic, oil on canvas
40.5 x 40.2 cm
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Î’m a piano by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ataru Sato Î’m a piano, 2021 Acrylic, oil on cloth mounted on panel
25.8 x 36.4 cm
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24 Hours by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ataru Sato 24 Hours, 2021 Acrylic, oil on cloth mounted on panel
84 x 59.5 cm
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COME ONE by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato COME ONE, 2021 Acrylic, oil, colour pencil, pencil, ink on canvas mounted on panel
73 x 51.6 cm
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Division by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato Division, 2019 Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
41 x 52 cm
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Over the rainbow by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Over the rainbow, 2019 Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
40 x 29.8 x 5.8 cm
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Daydream by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato Daydream, 2019 Acrylic, pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
27.2 x 22.4 cm
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Ananas by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Ataru Sato Ananas, 2019 Oil, ink on canvas mounted on panel
41 x 49 cm
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Unfixed by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Unfixed, 2019 Acrylic, oil, pencil on panel
42 x 29.7 cm
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Tomorrow by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, drawing
Ataru Sato Tomorrow, 2019 Acrylic, ink, paper collage, collage on canvas
53.2 x 33.5 cm
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0.01mm by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato 0.01mm, 2019 Acrylic, oil on canvas
33.5 x 24.5 cm
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Gute Nacht by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, print
Ataru Sato Gute Nacht, 2020 Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
43.7 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm
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Gute Nacht by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Ataru Sato Gute Nacht, 2020 Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
43.7 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm
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Dhalsim by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Dhalsim, 2021 Acrylic, ink, oil on cloth mounted on panel
27.5 x 27.5 cm
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Dream Chaser by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Dream Chaser, 2021 Acrylic, ink, oil on cloth mounted on panel
27.5 x 27.5 cm
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Phycho crusher attack by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Phycho crusher attack, 2021 Acrylic, ink, oil on cloth mounted on panel
27.5 x 27.5 cm
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Goddess by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato Goddess, 2019 Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
65 x 52 x 6.3 cm
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Apparaître by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Ataru Sato Apparaître, 2018 Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
73 x 51.6 cm
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Glove by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato Glove, 2020 Oil on panel
42 x 29.7 cm
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口は災のもと The mouth is the gate of evil by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Ataru Sato 口は災のもと The mouth is the gate of evil, 2020 Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
32.7 x 23.6 x 7.2 cm
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森の掟  Low of the Forest by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Ataru Sato 森の掟 Low of the Forest, 2020 Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
29.5 x 20.4 x 10.8 cm
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無題の朝食  Untitled breakfast by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Ataru Sato 無題の朝食 Untitled breakfast, 2018 Acrylic, ink, oil, pencil on panel
36.2 x 25.6 cm
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求愛  Courtship by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato 求愛 Courtship, 2017 Acrylic, ink on canvas
22.2 x 27.3 cm
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