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Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 006

Takao Tanabe
OC 1926 - Canadian

South Moresby: Awaya Point
acrylic on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated June 1985 and September 1985 and inscribed "Errington"
46 x 96 in  116.8 x 243.8cm

Xerox Canada, Toronto

Ian M. Thom et al., Takao Tanabe, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005, page 135

After moving to Vancouver Island in 1980, Takao Tanabe began a series of coastal landscapes that are exquisitely atmospheric. Always evolving, he left behind his previous work in abstraction and the spare, barely there prairie landscapes he produced while in Banff. While traveling by boat between the mainland and the Island, he was inspired by long views over the ocean of distant islands and mountains enshrouded by rain, sea mists and low clouds—constantly changing and transforming. He began painting with a kind of reductive realism that captured the essence of British Columbia’s coastal landscape, using a distinctive monochromatic palette of tones of grey, white, blue and blue-green. Verdant forests are seen at a distance—featureless, dark and impenetrable, full of power and mystery. Tanabe titles this painting with its particular geography; although we feel we could be anywhere on the coast, we are actually somewhere very particular—South Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii. Tanabe captures the moody weather there with such visual poetry that Ian Thom called him “the Turner of the Queen Charlottes.”

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

Sold For: $82,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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