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Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe
Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction

Lot # 278

Takao Tanabe
OC 1926 - Canadian

Inside Passage 2/87: Grenville Channel
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1987 on the gallery label and inscribed "Errington"
47 1/4 x 72 in  120 x 182.9cm

Elizabeth Nichol's Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver

Ian M. Thom et al., Takao Tanabe, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005, pages 20 and 135

In 1980, prominent West Coast modernist Takao Tanabe moved back to British Columbia from Alberta, settling on the east side of Vancouver Island in Errington. Tanabe had taken an evolutionary course from abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s to minimalist landscape canvases of the Prairies in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the West Coast would change his aesthetics again. His paintings became more realist, their primary essence being the depiction of the subtle, radiant and moody atmospheres of the seacoast. Tanabe stated, I favour the grey mists, the rain-obscured islands and the clouds that hide the details. In this mercurial work, we traverse the body of water between Pitt Island and the mainland south of Prince Rupert (where Tanabe was born) as if we are on a boat, following a trail of light reflected from the ethereal and delicately tinted sky. Mists curl over the edges of the dark and mysterious mountains, which plunge steeply into the ocean. Inside Passage 2/87: Grenville Channel is a classic coastal work by Tanabe, demonstrating why he has been described as the Turner of the Queen Charlottes.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $188,800.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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