Tadashi Sato (1923-2005)
Oil on Canvas
29 ⅛”H x 79″W
Untitled by TADASHI SATO (1923-2005) Sacred simplicity. Sacred symmetry. This untitled piece sings a song of serenity, balance, and the metaphysical. Poetry for the eyes, there is a soulful presence in the image. Arguably the most abstract Sato in the Halekulani Fine Art Collection, this masterpiece invites the viewer to feel the gravity of the form above, yet also experience the weightlessness of the free floating forms suspended in space, in an order that appears intentional yet organic both at once. The cellular shapes contrasted by the harshness of the delicate black lines call into question this piece’s relation to another one of Halekulani’s paintings titled “ Sea Anemone” by Tadashi Sato painted just a few years prior in 1984.
Free from color, painted in grayscale, the painting seems as though it has been distilled down to a purer essence. The additional two larger forms on either side of the grouping of five centered forms suggest a phyletic overtone to the piece with an undertone that recognizes the presence of a universal oneness.