California-based artist Hiroshi Sato is focused on contemporary realist oil painting. He draws influence from past and present artists including Vermeer, Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper and Chuck Close. With interest in the geometric design principles of both the old masters and new masters, Sato creates similarly complex environments with computer-generated 3D models, to suit his painterly needs. This digital world contains multitudes of scenes and objects from which he bases his paintings. Exploring the boundaries of representational painting, Sato implements a kind of fan fiction based on past paintings, using art historical references to create his own compositions. He includes paintings and objects in the scene to allude to a set pictorial narrative. Each painting, contains paintings, posters, objects, and gestures of other artists. Some viewers may recognize the references, while others may not, allowing each viewer to actively participate in the malleable interpretation of one piece.

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Artwork by Hiroshi Sato

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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