Since the turn of the 20th century, when painters moved away from meticulous depiction of reality, there has been a transition to a personal application of the medium as an identifying marker to create an artists identity. In the East, the importance of a personal mark has been known since the 8th Century when calligraphy was accepted as a form of art.
Frank Satogata has always felt that the true nature of his painting lies in the way he uses his tools and medium to create Marks on a Surface. Whether through an additive process (laying paint on a surface) or a subtractive process (scarping the paint off the surface), the tools used and the marks he creates have become a part of his identity.
Satogata was trained as a graphic designer and has a BA degree in graphic design. Working as a designer and art director and painting part time for the last 35 years, he has developed a clear understanding of the use of color and composition in his work as both a graphic designer and a painter. In the last 5 years he has devoted himself almost exclusively to developing himself as a painter.
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