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Benoît Saito

Benoît Saito

 

Born Tokyo, Japan (1966)
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Saito received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1992. He is a master draughtsman and his works are executed with simple tools: black graphite and white paper. The work begins with a line – pencil upon paper – until a form emerges from the white ground – something familiar: the shadows of the setting sun, morning light on a building. His work seeks to capture light – its reflections, shadows, moods, the different levels of its transparency, its silence. His forms are organic – vessels, pods – that define their inner structures, making magic of the mundane, capturing a moment in time. Benoit’s natural curiosity about architecture and geometry lead him to explore the intersection of lines and simple curves, which gradually evolve into voluminous organic and sensual forms. Benoit’s economy of means encourages him to focus on the image and the veils of gray, which define volume and/or transparency and serendipitously reveal the possibilities inherent in the process.

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