Lot # 005
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Takao Tanabe
OC 1926 - Canadian

Gulf of Georgia 11/86
acrylic on canvas 1986
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "Errington"
27 x 61 in  68.6 x 154.9cm

Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

West Coast modernist Takao Tanabe is celebrated for his serene depictions of the Pacific Ocean and the islands of British Columbia. He began his series of coastal landscapes after moving to Vancouver Island in 1980, drawing inspiration from his many ferry trips across the Strait of Georgia to and from Vancouver. Gulf of Georgia is an early example of this theme, displaying softened forms and a pastel palette, evoking romanticism and tranquility. The pink and apricot brush-strokes in the sea reflect the sunset in an abstract, ephemeral way, the light ever-shifting during those last few hours of daylight. In the distance subtle island shapes are visible, their details obscured by the blending of ocean and cloud. A sense of the techniques used in his Prairie paintings is evident, especially in the sky, where sheer swathes of colour glow. But unlike his Prairie paintings, which were thinly stained and spatially flat, here Tanabe has carefully layered his washes of colour, building up his surface to create greater depth and realism.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD  
Sold for: $67,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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